Nobody does criticism better than The Sun. ‘Build em’ up to knock em’ down’ is the classic mentality of the British tabloids. It is difficult to imagine it was only two days since Gerrard, Rooney et al were being held up as lions and St George’s flags were hanging out of windows and cars up and down the land.
The bunting has been well and truly taken down as England prepared to fly back into London this morning to what The Sun predicts will be a “frosty reception”.
“Sunny outlook in many areas but depression over Heathrow as shower drifts in from South Africa”, booms out the headlines from the front page of The Sun. “Lost It” says the backpage as former England striker Alan Shearer wades into the melee with as much menace as in his days totting up goals.
The Irish press this Friday found the defeat of France very good news. After the painful defeat for the Blues against Mexico, which has virtually eliminated from the World Cup, the press has done well entertained. Irish Times, for example, said: “France has given up his chances of qualifying without actually engaging in combat.”
The conclusion of his text even said that “this is all that France deserved. “Irish Independent has also led to say:” Raymond Domenech’s team has never been up the game and faces a second early exit after a disastrous Euro 2008 (…).