Thank god Germany wooped us 4-1 , made everyone realize how shit we are. You could sense a real shift in the views on team , especially in the media.
I sensed that shift after the 0-0 draw against Algeria but then we struggled to a win over Slovenia/Slovakia (I forget which one) and the media some how managed to get way over excited again
We actually had the same story in the recent Euro's, before the tournament it was all "we'll be lucky to make out the group stages" and then we did get out of the group stages and all of a sudden it was "we're gonna win the fucking Euro's!!!!"
Well yeah, it was overhyped because it failed. But with all the talent in there and every player starting for their clubs at the highest level in club football, it should not have failed. This was around the time where English clubs were balls deep in the Champions League latter stages.
Looking good on paper entitltes you to fuck all. I can't even remember the last time England weren't just a bunch of cliques rather than a team. Plus, they turned up to the tournament having won it without kicking a ball.
2002 was the last tournament they had a real shot of winning, IMO.