Sunday, June 1, 2008


The Independent newspaper in London posted this story on the match before 8pm local time, titled 'Trinidad & Tobago 0 England 3: England comfortable on their Caribbean cruise'

Here's what Sam Wallace wrote in paragraph 5:
"Two goals ahead within sixteen minutes – Barry got the first – there were times when it was necessary to remind yourselves what exactly it was England were doing here a few miles off the coast of Venezuela at the end of a long, hard season. Oh yes, it was about the bid for the 2018 World Cup and the vote of Jack Warner, the controversial head of football on these small islands and a power in Fifa. In terms of that rather dubious objective the night could be considered a resounding success."

And in paragraph 7 he wrote: "...all the more poignant to see the likes of Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand trailing around in this pointless match when, in a happier parallel universe, they would be preparing to play at a major international tournament (Euro 2008)."