I've just watched the England under-21's vs Germany under-21's final and I have to be honest; England were smashed more than a plate at a Greek restaurant.
It was embarrassing at times and it just confirms to me what I've always believed. England, at all levels, aren't as good as most of us English people think we are.
We tend to have this belief that we are as good as all the top nations of world football. We aren't. Far from it.
We talk the talk but cannot walk the walk. We are all mouth mate. Proper lippy bastards.
The game was so frustrating to watch. And that's why I say that Stuart Pearce, tonight anyway, drew slight parallels to Arsene Wenger.
As soon as ze Germans scored their second, a superb free-kick hit harder than a Mike Tyson uppercut and one that the keeper had no chance with (a-hem) went in, I was hoping that Stuart Pearce would provide some inspiration and make a change.
Just something to get England back into the game and have a chance.
What did I see? Nothing. Just the same players toiling around until the game was effectively over when ze Germans scored their third and killed England off quicker than Usain Bolt can sprint.
How many times have you seen Wenger make the same mistake? Too many?
The amount of times I've been crying, with snot and everything, for Arsene Wenger to make a change because the game is running away from us and something is needed to provide a spark from somewhere and it hasn't come.
I was doing the same same tonight. Waiting for the change. I waited. And waited. And it was too late.
Wenger is a genius. A legend. But his substitutes are rarely before the 70-80 minute mark when it's usually too late to help a lost cause.
It is a flaw that Wenger needs to brush up on and I hope next season he grabs the bull round the horns more often if need be.
Keep it Goonerish...............