Instead of insulting our intelligence, as has been the habit of TV sports presenters for as long as I can remember, by avoiding any reference to a rival channel’s imminent live coverage of another crucial key match, Chiles openly acknowledged that we’d all be switching over to England v Sweden.
At this level, shouldn’t experienced pundits be coming out with something jolly clever? Something that positively oozes wisdom and insight? Something that the rest of us – who, after all, should be comparative dullards when it comes to football analysis – couldn’t think for ourselves, or wouldn’t have spotted..?
I know when a televised football match is becoming crushingly dull, because I find myself paying more attention to the pitch-side adverts – especially since they’ve introduced those deeply distracting electronic hoardings, forever flicking from one ad to the next.
Early doors, the ITV boys were inevitably harking back to 1981, when Norway beat Ron Greenwood’s England 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier, and digging out that dreary old “Maggie Thatcher, your boys took a hell of a beating” thing.
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