• Chapeau to the 'Reluctant Leader' - Guess Who..?

    Gareth Southgate - what a thoroughly decent man!

    He has stepped up to perform this egregious duty, reluctantly, when all other options were exhausted. Despite Southgate turning down the same role before, due in part to his self deprecating nature and perceived inexperience, he knew that when his employers were again [red] faced with zero other options he had to stand up and face in to the 'impossible job' this time.

    Gareth I, for one, wish you well for these games and the remainder of the qualifying campaign Reluctant leaders can emerge through circumstance and inspire those around them. Gareth, truly, I say, 'Good Luck'!

    Conversely, Wayne Rooney is a leader I have been reluctant to endorse for a long time now. Another stay of execution for Wazza is bad for him and us. Wayne and his own team seem to have done a job on Gareth and the FA - once again. Can TEAM ENGLAND cope without their 'experienced leader'? Of course they could: Wayne's World is definitely on the wane and is bringing us another topical depression in the fall. Plus ca Change.

    This poor decision making from the FA Senior Leadership (i.e. seduced by 'Brand Rooney' and the globalisation of the game) goes to the heart of the matter and is one reason that the national team fails to perform time and again when it matters. What was it Einstein said about the definition of insanity..? Know this: there is a difference between interest and commitment.

    England [Your England] will do enough in qualifying - again - to send everyone insane with maddening stupefaction again at WC2018 in Russia. A 32 year old Wayne Rooney? This is getting old.

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