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Maybe like me you feel more passion for your club, I don't mean I don't like my country but you follow your club week in, week out, not a few times a year.
red i agree, i feel a lot more passionate about my club than i do england...in fact i turned the game off at half time and put fifa on.
Robert, u said that maybe it's because they dont play together every week, but thats the same with every national team and u dont see other teams complaining.
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I expect they don't see us complaining either. Go to the Bordeaux FC chat forum and I bet the fans are all saying: "Why eez our team so rubbeesh? Zey play so well togezzer for ze club." You'll see.
In truth I cannot remember an England team that was consistently exciting to watch, even from the early 70's. Certainly there have been some memorable, one-off performances (Germany 5-1 etc), with the press reacting as if these alone would automatically qualify us as favourites for the next world cup. But these matches have always tended to be false dawns, followed up by more turgid displays (remember the draw with Greece).
Even though the team is meant to represent the best the country has on offer the fact is that they simply do not train together as much as our club sides. So while they might arguably have better individual players, they are unlikely to play with the flow and cohesion that a modern premiership team has. Impossible to prove but my guess would be that the best premiership teams could beat any national team more often than not, usually playing more exciting football in to the bargain.