Watching England play their final (poor) match tonight and listening to the commentators, I've been forced to conclude (again) that the problem is not lack of skill or 'technique' but a dearth of intelligence. As I've said, we should ban rugby and cricket and force the middle class to play football in greater numbers.
As for the commentators . . . Andy Townsend on ITV displays a stellar ability to tell us what we've just seen and what we already know. He'd be superfluous even on the radio. I hate to think what he's being paid for this, just because he used to be a player. The BBC commentator, on the other hand, specialises in trivia which even a train-spotter would find beyond boring.
But it's good to see that, while holding off on goal-line technology for at least a decade, FIFA have been able to come up with the expedient of spraying foam on the pitch so as to ensure defenders stay 10 yards/metres off the ball at a free kick. Something which could have been done in the first World Cup 84 years ago.
The FIFA rankings going into this World Cup are a thing of wonder. France was at 16, below England at 11 and Switzerland(!) and Belgium at 8 and 12, respectively. Even the USA was ranked higher than France, at 14. Whatever system they have is clearly unreliable. Sadly, though, Spain's number one position now looks precarious.
Finally . . . For whose with Spanish who want to see a hatchet job on the new Spanish queen, Letizia, here you go. Me, I couldn't care less what she used to be or do. She's very decorative and that's all that's required of modern monarchs. That's why Queen Elizabeth wears those hats.