Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday February 2 2007
Sadly, nowadays this chant can rarely be heard where it is supposed to be heard i.e. when the England national team plays, mainly because they can barely win a game, let alone score two goals and allow zero.
Well, I stand corrected, the likes of Andorra could face a hiding but the footballing powerhouses Macedonia, Estonia, etc. could all get a result against McClaren's select 11 that include a certain fat, poor excuse for a goalkeeper that is Robbo, a man whose qualities between the sticks are as good as my Chinese language skills.
Back to this famous chant, and honestly, the last place I expected to hear it was the Three point lane as some like to call that small venue, where the home team was an average mid-table club which has been 'on the up' in the last 20 odd years.
If we exclude the few despicable chants that the (won't use the 'Y' word) spud fans sang, this has to be the one to slap them in the face most. It was right after Baptista scored the unfortunate own goal when I could not believe my ears what I heard. Not because of the chant itself but because of the team that was supposed to be motivated by this.
To make it clear the sp*rs team that night was:
The Chubby Bloke, Chimbonda, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Dawson, Gardner, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Defoe, Keane, Cerny, Lee, Ghaly, Mido, Berbatov, which makes it 6 Englishmen out of 16. Nice one. Whoever started it should get the Pied Piper Award.
Exactly who was supposed to get a lift from that chant I am not quite sure, or was it a dig aimed at Arsenal's side which had 'only' 3 of Englishmen that night? Was it their English manager? Daniel Levy? Was it a motivation for the likes of Gardner and Huddlestone who (unlike Robbo) will get to represent their country only when the overrated Fat 'another deflected goal' Frank gets dropped (probably never) by the genius McClaren. Was it
Whatever the case, I am not sure that Keane, Zokora and Ghaly were moved by that particular one, and the only one affected seemed to be Julio Baptista who ended netting twice and shutting the Lane up for the rest of the game.
Keep it up. Arsenal in the Final.
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Date:Friday February 2 2007
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