England Squad Announcement
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Self-help Guides, Gulags, and Gary Cahill
The squad has been announced, and all is rosy in the England garden. A horrible amount of money was spritzed on the video, the hotels and training pitches have all been delicately plucked, and no doubt various PR agencies have pocketed plenty of coin to advise that it really would be time well spent if Gary Cahill spent a morning looking sombre in a gulag.
With so much spent and agonised over in terms of preparation, yet hopes of getting out of the group increasingly emaciating with every glance at the squad, England are beginning to represent the sort of goddess who would pop up in a Greek myth – forever preparing to go somewhere, but never arriving.
Betting wise, this England squad (and its failed manager) don’t really give comfort to anyone, except the fact that it is possible, even with the FA’s permanent turmoil that a really terrible tournament could see us land Arsene Wenger at least. The first thing that comes to mind – “is this it?” – can then be supplemented in the fact that there isn’t really anyone out injured who would make any difference.
The one market that you can at least have a bet on honestly without feeling unpatriotic is the Betfair one on who will captain England in that opening fixture. And whilst clearly Harry Kane is in the box seat, there is every chance Southgate will have read some self-help manual advising him to give it to Eric Dier. Watch the market and pounce nearer the time.