Aye, theirs was a fragile talent and able to implode at a moments notice. Over-reliant on the midfield to make up for lack of firepower elsewhere too. But they were sublime to watch and consecutive world cup semis either side of being European Champions was not a bad return - and one that would be grabbed by most English teams.
England's '82 campaign was one of their best, undefeated over 5 games against mainly tough opposition. Makes you wonder what could have been achieved without the injuries to Brooking, Keegan and Coppell. Bryan Robson was entering his peak years as France found to their cost but that wasn't enough. Weird second round going straight to semis that maybe saved us from an earlier start to the sequence of disastrous penalty shoot-outs.
Like I say, a great World Cup.
my impression at the time was that they gradually ran out of steam after the impressive opening win against France and barely looked like scoring. Very solid in defence though: maybe Don Howe's team more than Greenwood's? Of course, we'd been quite appalling in the qualifiers and were lucky to be there at all. I must admit to not remembering Coppell's injury at all.
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