On the BBC website today he's saying he's a Brit who just happened to be born in Canada.Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
BRAAAP!!! CANADA!!!Originally Posted by Matteh
Originally Posted by Turbinator
Personally i'm a Brit who just happened to be born in Germany, can understand the Hargreaves plight, only he didn't get called a Nazi or Hitler's Grandson repeatedly in his early teens.
He's never lived in Britain...Originally Posted by Matteh
WRT the thread question: it does seem to forget that there are a fair amount of other nations who also do top training work, coachwork etc., so I don't think there's anything specifically English about being poor. In cricket there are five nations with the significant talent pool and setup to be the best in the world at present. In union there's about seven. In league there's two, but England's participation is limited to two counties with combined population about 7 million. In football there's seven (+ all the countries with small footballing populations but good setups, see Netherlands, Croatia, Sweden, etc.).
You can only reasonably expect to be midway up the table when competition among these nations is so fierce. (It's the reason Norway have found a bunch of sports nobody else cares about, such as women's handball, speed skating and curling, to be any good at.)
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Originally Posted by Adolf Grünbaum
It's a good job the Mighty Whites are flying high. In sport I care for the whites first, the England Cricket team second and then the England football team. Pretty dismal at the minute, I think to be serious, the BBC's awards bash last week highlighted how poor things are at the moment. It's swings and roundabouts though, I mean this time next year we'll be arguing over whether it's the WC-winning Cricketers or Rugby players who deserved team of the year at the damn thing....
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There wasn't enough of criticism after SL drew the series with England. That was pitiful really, after England went 1-0 up they acted as if it was only a matter of time before they won the series.
That was all forgotten however the minute they beat Pakistan (good win no doubt) and the Ashes were near. Conveniently forgetting that England have only won 5 tests since the Ashes (4 if you don't count the Pakistan forfeit). Not impressive at all.
Cannot comment on the other sports, but IMO England were far too happy to pat themselves on the back and forget about the jobs (plural, not just the next Ashes but the Pakistan and India tour etc.) ahead.
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It's not just Cricket, it happens in everything. In sport, to stand still is to go backwards, but noone ever says that to our successful teams.Originally Posted by Jono
I count 5 at most.Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
Originally Posted by steds
Yeah, it's a miracle that the Celtic nations compete with us much less beat us.
England being 7th is an absolute disgrace because not only are we the richest Union we have by far the biggest playing base. Link here. The figures are damning
WRT to Vimes's point about countries with small footballing populations but good setups; it's a fair enough shout, but it does pre-suppose ours is inferior! Why is ours inferior? It's surely not a given? Moreover, countries with similar populations to us (Italy, France) have enjoyed far more success on the world stage.
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There's very few countries that compete to a high standard in all of the sports we are doing rubbish in currently.
Australia are the closest (as ever) but I wouldn't class their footy team quite there yet but definitely getting there.
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Fair comment.Originally Posted by Chubb
TBF that's what Roebuck was saying, Chubb just quoted the old child-beater.Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
Fair point....Originally Posted by PY
Oz are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead in League & Cricket, shading us in Union (although they aren't that flash just now either really), we're still ahead slightly in the football & Oz still manage to have their own football code, everyone's favorite Victorian oxymoron, Aussie Rules.
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