It’s Over; It’s Beginning!
The World Cup is over. I have to say that, for me, this was the most enjoyable WC since 1966. England went much further than expected, Harry won the golden boot, the vast majority of Spurs players did themselves justice, Luka was the tournaments best player, and Hugo lifted the Cup and provided a comedy show.
There was some amazing football, great individual performances, and intriguing battles between teams playing possessive football against teams playing counter-attacking football. And, as we know, either team can win on their day. And none of them can win on every day!
The competition did not follow the prescribed plan, with most of the favourites going home earlier than desired. This was great for world football as it paved the way for some of the less fancied, ‘smaller’ football nations to increase their standing on the world stage and feel what it’s like to touch glory.
As far as England is concerned I thought our own Mr Trippier was the best overall performer. His consistency was brilliant and the increased confidence he will now have in his own ability will be a huge bonus for his club. Pickford also deserves a mention for his overall performance. Most of England is proud of the team’s achievement but, as with Spurs, some fans will always want more or look for the negatives. Southgate knows what needs to be done to raise the national team to the next level, and that will be his future workload.
As far as the World Cup goes…. ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’. ‘The Times, They Are A Changing’, and a ‘New Morning’ begins in the ‘Heartland’ of North London as we prepare for the trials and tribulations of Premiership football. Will Spurs get their ‘Wanted Man’ before the TW expires? Will the new season be a case of, ‘Nothing Was Delivered’, ‘Tears Of Rage’, or, will we enter through ‘The Gates Of Eden. Who knows …. not Robert Zimmerman, that’s for sure!