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In 1966 England Won The World Cup In The Face Of Injury, Prison And Death

ED Barrett – look out for his blog on Anorak soon – looks back to the World Cup team of 1966 and how four of the best players in the country were unable to play because of prison, injury and death:

PUBLIC opinion is fickle at the best of times, and never more so that where the national football team is concerned. So now that the “golden generation” has been recast as a bunch of no-hopers, it’s worth reconsidering the golden past – what little there is of it.

The class of 1990 – written off after their dreadful first game against Ireland, lest we forget – are usually cited as the best of recent times. They even paraded in an open top bus when they arrived home. Since then, history has been rewritten to the extent that their spirited but slightly fortunate stumble to a semi-final is now portrayed as an imperious march to football Valhalla. For evidence, look no further than the recent feature film, One Night in Turin). At Italia 90, losing became the new winning.

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Posted: 10th, June 2010 | In: Sports | Comments (7)