Much like the wider economy, football in this country is an overinflated bubble ready to burst. Two years after failing to qualify for the European Championships, let us see further embarrassment with an early exit from the World Cup. Then let us seize this opportunity to properly scrutinise the national game and its failings, rather than single out the manger or individual members of the squad.
The appointment of Fabio Capello has brought about a more stylish and confident England. Now they have a kit to match.
This was written during the research stage of my final major degree project. It’s not intended to be authoritative, yet I feel it is still informative, and highlights a few issues and historical facts I never knew about football and the business it’s become.