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Once again, England did not enjoy a good World Cup campaign. In fact, it was the first time the Three Lions failed to clear the group stage since 1958.
The general consensus is that England players do not want to represent their country as much as their patriotic counterparts from, say, the USA.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp stoked the fire when he claimed several English players had asked him to help them shirk international duty. In response to this, The Sun's columnist and former England striker Ian Wright offered a solution (quote via The Independent):
"The next young player who says he does not want to play for England should be ordered to ring the parents of a soldier who has died serving his country in Afghanistan and tell them his reasons."
Aside from the slightly jingoistic comparison of an overpaid athlete not wanting to play football and a war hero, Wright didn't seem to realise that bereaved parents might not want to receive that phone call.
Unsurprisingly, his gauche suggestion was not universally praised.