Hello, hello. Have you ever tried to rewrite something and realised you now have no idea what you were attempting to say in the first place? That is me, now.
Anyway, I was going through the Guardian's online archive trying to get the specific page references for an article Sarah Waters wrote about Blitz fiction a few years back when I noticed that the following article appeared in the Sport section on the same day. It made me realise why I never want to be a football journalist: had Kevin McCarra written 'England face an ultimately futile struggle to qualify for Euro 2008', he would probably have been lynched. Anyway:
England's qualifying group is almost too easy and the big problem will be that the lack of challenge means new players won't bed in properly...
Since the rain-lashed defeat to the Croats the pendulum has swung the other way and the press have gone with an exaggerated scepticism about England's chances of ever again qualifying for an international competition. Honestly, who'd be a footie writer?