1. England get David James in South Africa. Rob Green is a stout yeoman and all that, but he’s not good enough for England and he definitely doesn’t seem to have the big-match temperament you need in major tournaments. James is the better option by far, even if he is still prone to the odd blood-rush.
2. No Croatia! Who would you rather face in South Africa? Ukraine, who are strictly average, or perennial dark horses Croatia, who are mental, far more talanted than Ukraine and have a tasty recent history with England? Croatia’s imminent elimination in the group stages, caused by Ukraine’s win on Saturday, can only help England’s chances. No dangerous ‘revenge’ QF to face now.
3. No more media bullshit about “Perfect England”. Going into a major tournament on the back of a 100 per cent qualifying campaign would have been nice, but it’s also asking for way too much tabloid crowing along the lines of “Perfect England can go all the way, says Stevie