THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

When Jack Charlton's team beat England

11 June ~ Injuries, suspensions and repeated failures have contributed to a remarkably modest build-up to England's first game at Euro 2012 this evening. Such humility was not on show before Euro 1988, when the players, the press and the official song declared that England were "going all the way". England began the tournament with a match against Jack Charlton's Ireland side, which contained only four players born in the Republic. After all the positivity in the build-up to the championships, England went on to lose all of their games in the group stage, as Steven Pye recounts in That 1980s Sports Blog.

 

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