Yep, it’s happened again. English football continues to choke in big tournaments.
Days after England’s male under-21 team crash out of the European championships, the senior womens’ team lose 2-1 to Japan at the World Cup in Canada.
It’s becoming a familiar pattern in sport in the UK. Our players and teams go into big competitions thinking they’re just as good as anybody, only to be routinely found out by smarter and stronger opponents.
I’ve regularly criticised that arrogant and overconfident attitude because they put unnecessary pressure on themselves to do well, but when things often go wrong, they start to look for excuses.
The situation will only change when we start to take these competitions seriously, and treat opponents with respect.