All across Ireland this evening the usual scenes of mild antagonism towards Engerland were replaced by an unusual sense of frustration at the misfiring Vardy and Kane show. After their resounding defeat to Belgium, Rep of Ireland needed English and Welsh victories to keep their Euro hopes alive as a win against Italy would leave them with 4 points but a poor goal difference.
Bale and the boys duly obliged while Vardy and Kane were part of the impotent English front line that wasted over two dozen shooting chances!!! England managed to avoid an embarrassing tournament exit by keeping a clean sheet against the Slovaks but the lack of cohesion in their play must have Roy Hodgson worried.
After being given more time than most England managers, it's clear that Roy doesn't know his best team or even formation!!! Hilariously, Dwayne Rooney is playing in a deep midfield position having never done so before! Does anybody believe that Jose Mourinho will follow suit next season at Man United?
The high point of the night was when the Slovak medical team entered the fray to tend to the injured Martin Skrtel allowing their physio to showcase the most impressive pair of manboobs in the tournament so far!!!
All said and done, England could well end up with Portugal in the next round as reward for letting the Taffs top their group. Hmmm.