Pardon me while I rant a little... Anyone that knows me knows I am passionate about football specially my club Whitby and of course my country - England. Today I feel ... well there are very few polite words I can use. Let me go on record and say Northern Ireland did well and congratulations to them for their hard work. Tonight. Beckham played extremely well and looked like one of the few players looking to win. Gerrard, Lampard, Ferdinand, Cole Ashley & Joe all looked worn and haggered. Owen having not had much in the way of games for Real Madrid was slow and off the mark. But to me the biggest problem was Rooney. Hot headed moody, childlike and prefered to throw his toys out of the pram and get his backside in to gear and grow up! He was booked, rightly so. He lead with his arm in a jump for the ball and caught a player on the head. Luckily it wasn't a back knock. Did he accept his booking? Did he show remorse? No he threw a temper and ranted at the ref, the Linesman, and his own team mates. When will this over paid little brat realise that people can lip read, and his foul language can be read. Kids look up to this poor excuse for a human! Pushing your own captain out the way to have another pop at the ref isn't conducive to a happy changing room. Next on my list of players from hell...... the one ... the only (thank God) Owen Hargreaves. Good God .. if ever there was an award for the most useless player on a pitch making as many mistakes in a short space of time then Hargreaves is the outright winner. Dear God .. on the pitch not more than 5 minutes and he has three touches of the ball ... 1st touch and fouled on the edge of the box ... second touch .. bundles a player over .. both resulting in a freekicks ... seconds later ... passes the ball switly and acuratly to .. yup you guess it .. an N. Ireland player ! As I said before .. England ARE good enough to win the World Cup in Germany next year, they have the kind of players that are world class and in some cases the best in their position in the world.... but what good if they can't play together! This last sad fact will in all probility cast a dark shadow over the English F.A's roof tonight and will have one or two true England fans like myself questioning the direction of the manager, Eriksson. Maybe the pressure of his well publicised off pitch "games" with other females may have been a stress .. but these were a while ago. Surely a consumate Professional (as the FA has suggested on more than one occassion) can seperate his work life and his home life. I know Joe Public (or John Doe) has to. Can you imagine going to work and after screwing up something try to use the excuse that your love life is a problem.... I think I'd be looking for a new job .. wouldn't you? Still Austria is the next opponents and then the big one .. Poland away. if England beat Austria then they HAVE to beat Poland to get through automatically. Well rant over ........ And we return you to your normal viewing pleasures.