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TIME Magazine label England "World's Most Disappointing Team" ahead of EURO 2012

James Hendry     on 06 Jun 10:28 am     Football     578   0  

Source: Google, TIME

TIME magazine’s most recent headline is bound to cause some controversy among England fans, after the publication labelled Roy Hodgson’s side “the world’s most disappointing team.”

In a front cover that shows a despondent Wayne Rooney with the headline: “The Tragedy of English Football” the magazine claims that English supporters expect so much, whilst their team delivers so little.

In particular GQ.com chose to respond to some of the claims from the magazine, offering their own take on England’s international misfortunes.

TIME’s main argument centred around their claims that “England’s supporters are never willing to admit the trophy isn’t within their reach.”

GQ.com’s response is spot on, in suggestions that it is the tabloid press that dictates this expectation, while fans and professional pundits are expectant of little more than reaching the quarter finals.

“Tabloid press aside, most football commentators rarely predict more than a quarter-final finish. Moreover, the Premier League fosters a belief in the seemingly impossible (take Man City’s title-clinching game or Chelsea’s Champions League run.) Besides there’s always the extreme outside chance – see Greece in 2004.”

Although some of TIME’s criticisms are valid to an extent, they appear to overlook the injury crisis that has plagued Roy Hodgson’s current England set-up.

Referring to England as “particularly weak”, TIME appear to overlook injuries to star players such as youngster Jack Wilshere, the withdrawals of Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard, and the two-game suspension of star man Wayne Rooney.

Despite some of the criticisms being perfectly valid, some claims verge on the simply untrue. TIME’s claims that “England’s FA is reactive and short-term” are rightfully correct in the FA reacting to public demand for an English manager, while GQ.com are certainly correct in their view that “reactive” is far from the word most of the public would associate with England’s FA.

Issues that have dominated the headlines this year surround the ongoing race row, between John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, which has been dealt with rather terribly, while endless demands for goal-line technology have gone unnoticed despite incidents that ruined matches, notably in the FA Cup semi-final between eventual winners Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

With expectation at an all time low across England, TIME have suggested that it would take “just two England wins in Euro 2012 and the delusion machine will be cranking again.”

A tongue-in-cheek response from GQ.com replied: “ridiculous. It’ll only take one.”

There now seems little more to say than come on England, show TIME magazine that you are far from disappointing in the upcoming European Championships. Hopefully, England fans will once more have something to shout about, as Hodgson’s men kick off their campaign on Monday 11th June.

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