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Arrogance not exclusive to Germany

The English media have suggested that the loss to Belgium was in fact a cunning ploy by the Three Lions management to get easier opponents on their way to the final


South Korea 2 Germany 0

After a second humiliating defeat in ten days who said lightning doesn’t strike twice? Eighty years on from Germany’s last early exit from a World Cup there is zero sympathy being offered (particularly from Sweden) after their arrogant, superior behaviour in Russia.

All in all it hasn’t been Germany’s finest hour, following on after Sebastian Vettel’s recent dodgem car antics to bump off his rivals, the fiddled motor industry diesel emissions and now Germexit from the World Cup 2018 with four years of suffering ahead of them.

As Mesut Ozit pulls a Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons) face to confront German fans, you cannot help wondering who does he think he is. The team had showed improvement without him against Sweden, so why did Joachim Low reshuffle his pack again and bring him back to the starting line up?

Auf Wiedersehen.

Anyway we move on to England Reserves 0 Belgium Reserves 1, where Gareth Southgate’s ‘squaddies’ flopped in their final group game. As England basked in the demise of Germany, they forgot to turn up for the Belgium game and were easily brushed aside. Can you believe the after match drivel being pedalled by the English commentators and media who suggested that the loss was in fact a cunning ploy by the England management to get easier opponents on their way to the final …..watching too many James Bond movies I fear!

More alarming was the English contempt shown for Colombia and the other team (Sweden or Switzerland) they would play before meeting ‘OLD Spain’ in the semi-finals on route to the final. Sadly the arrogance is not exclusive to Germany and doesn’t pride usually come before a fall?

Harry Kane will probably need to put in performances Harry Potter would be proud off for England to win the World Cup, or alternatively … could buy a Playstation.

The final positions in the draw for the knock-out stages have been decided and at the moment no one team stands out from the crowd. France’s players after going backwards for four years will be cursing their luck at drawing Lionel Messi and Co and if Argentina and Portugal can get past France and Uruguay then we would be treated to an unmissable quarter-final shoot-out between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Croatia are a talented and resilient team with a delicious midfield pairing who are very much in the World Cup picture and will believe they can progress to the final stages and Brazil will get a stern test from an unpredictable team I’m sure they would prefer to avoid in Mexico.

Belgium must be one of the favourites to lift the trophy and they won’t be fretting about who will be their next opponents and don’t forget Eden Hazard who is in the form of his life will be hoping to impress the top brass at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Finally spare a thought for the wonderful hosts Russia, who have already had an excellent tournament. Are they likely to roll over and play dead against Spain, or could they cause the upset of the World Cup? It was only a thought.

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