You might find this hard to believe but I’ve spent the hours after England’s fabulous victory in Kiev battling against the doom-mongers who can only find negativity in our thrilling performance.
What is wrong with these people. Texts, tweets and e-mails have been hitting my machine with the most ridiculous messages. The “ne’er do-gooders” seem to have three principle complaints.
1. The Swedish team was the weakest we have seen for 30 years.
2. Theo Walcott’s performance was just a freak of nature.
3. Wayne Rooney won’t be worth his place against the Ukraine.
It was a brilliant result for England.
I don’t care what some of the doubters are saying – that the game was dull and we did not show enough adventure.
The team have filled their boots with confidence after their draw with France – and I’m certain that will propel them through the group games to a certain quarter-final tie.
And manager Roy Hodgson should now field exactly the same team for our next game against Sweden for continuity and confidence purposes.
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