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England 0 – 0 Algeria

Posted in England, World Cup, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 19, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

LOL. I am so glad I’m not English. Obvious reasons aside, last night’s match was the dullest, most uninspiring 90 minutes of football I have ever seen. Luckily, I greatly appreciate the scoreline.

So far it doesn’t look great for England. Slovenia are most likely to win the group, and England’s performance so far doesn’t suggest they will stand in their way. Then it’s likely to be USA or England taking second place. With an easier match, I reckon it’s going to be USA. Enough said.

Come on Slovenia! Go USA!

England 1 – 1 USA

Posted in England, World Cup, World Cup 2010 on June 12, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

England has been going bonkers about it all day. It was time for the England team to start their World Cup 2010 campaign, facing the USA at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg. England were, not surprisingly, favourites to win.

England started well. Gerrard quickly helped them take the lead after only 4 minutes. This was to underline the English dominance of most of the the first half. However, the USA goalie was outstanding keeping England attacks from extending the lead.

The USA never stopped trying to get back into the match. And this eventually payed off. With a little help from England goalkeeper, Robert Green’s fumble, Clint Dempsey shot the ball over line. USA were back in the game. And that was how the first half ended.

There were no goals in the the second half.  The English threatened the US goal a few times but the American keeper saw off the English attacks, leaving the scoreline 1-1. And that was pretty much it.

Beth, the GF in USA, was quite pleased.

England prepare for the World Cup, but I’m supporting USA

Posted in England, World Cup, World Cup 2010 on June 5, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

It’s almost started. World Cup 2010 is almost here. And living in England, I know this only too well.

England flags

Everywhere I go people are getting ready for the football to begin. All around flags are flying from cars and hanging in from bedroom windows. I only have to step out of my front door to see it ‘slap-bang’ in my face.

I guess I can’t really blame them. It is England, the fans are loyally supporting their country, and I have to suffer it as long as I choose to live here. But, spending last weekend in Glasgow I appreciated a nice break from it all. Being dragged to a bar to watch the England v Japan World Cup warm-up match by some well-meaning friend was just right out of the question.

USA Team

USA Team

Anyway I’ll have to make the best of it. I’m just going to enjoy the football and hope the usual numbnut pundits aren’t too much of a pain. Plus, I’m lucky to being heading off to the USA to see my American girlfriend. So, I’ll miss the English TV commentary for the second half of the tournament. And, even better, I have a perfectly respectable reason to hope England get stuffed in their opening game. Come on USA!!!

Scotland World Cup ambitions end

Posted in World Cup 2010 with tags on September 10, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

It happened again. Scotland are out of the World Cup.

We made our way to The Three Kings in West Kensington. The pub was absolutely heaving with fellow Scots looking to see our team secure a chance of qualification. And we all know how it ended – typically!

Scotland played their socks off. The scoreline didn’t do them justice, but it was too little too late. Had the y payed that well against Norway at Hampden, or even in Oslo, we’d have had at least a couple more points. But no, again it was a last match scramble that went the wrong way.

Brown and McFadden keep Scotland’s World Cup hopes alive

Posted in World Cup 2010 with tags , on September 5, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scott Brown celebrates

Scotland celebrate taking the lead against Macedonia

Scott Brown and James McFadden have helped keep Scotland’s World Cup qualification hopes alive. With two second half goals they have kept Scotland in sight of next year’s World Cup finals.

By a strange twist of fate I watched the match in a pub in Knebworth. There was some other nonsense on TV elsewhere in the pub, but it seemed that football was being given precedence over anything else and, as it should be, that meant the Scotland game was being shown on the big screen.

I was the only Scot there, but it seems a few local Englanders were also interested. It turned out they had bet money on the outcome. Most had bet on  a draw. Normally that would annoy me but after Norway’s first win in the competition I can’t say I blame them for doubting a Scottish win. A few others had more faith in the home team. Anyhoo, to cut a long story short, I am happy to say those betting against recent form ended the day richer.

Next match, am off to Rob Roy’s in Paddington. Another 2-0 result will do just fine:)

Norway destroy a dire Scotland

Posted in Scotland Squad, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2010 with tags on August 13, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

“That’s the bloody worst performance I’ve witnessed. I am literally sickened!!”

That’s what my brother texted from the stadium in Oslo. And I have to say it runs parallel with how I felt last night – robbed of 2 hours of my life by a Scotland team that didn’t deserve better than the final score.

I was at the Rob Roy in Paddington with a couple hundred other fans. The atmosphere was one of optimism and expectancy. Norway are far from the best team in the world, so Scotland had a fair chance of a point or three. Unfortunately, the team either didn’t agree or didn’t care. And Norway took full advantage. Strangely the pub started to empty 20 minutes into the second half, and I blame noneof those who left.

As a closing comment here is what one of my friends said shortly after the match “They should be hung, drawn and quartered. Burley needs to take the high road!!”. Harsh, but fair?

Burley names Scotland team for Norway

Posted in Scotland Squad, World Cup 2010 with tags , on August 4, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland Coach George Burley has realeased the names of his 23-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo.

Goalkeepers Neil Alexander and Jamie Langfield join the squad, along with Burnley defender Steven Caldwell, Preston North End’s Callum Davidson and Rangers pair Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith.

Goalkeepers
Neil Alexander, Rangers
Jamie Langfield, Aberdeen
David Marshall, Cardiff City

Defenders
Darren Barr, Falkirk
Christophe Berra, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Gary Caldwell, Celtic
Steven Caldwell, Burnley
Callum Davidson, Preston North End
Alan Hutton, Tottenham Hotspur
Jamie McAllister, Bristol City
Steven Whittaker, Rangers

Midfield
Graham Alexander, Burnley
Scott Brown, Celtic
Kris Commons, Derby County
Darren Fletcher, Manchester United
Paul Hartley, Bristol City
Shaun Maloney, Celtic
James McFadden, Birmingham City

Forwards
David Clarkson, Bristol City
Steven Fletcher, Burnley
Ross McCormack, Cardiff City
Kenny Miller, Rangers
Steven Naismith, Rangers