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English arrogance the reason for their demise

Published 04/07/2016

Just picking up from two excellent articles by Steven Beacom and Ian Herbert in Wednesday's Belfast Telegraph (News/Sport, June 29) with regards to the demise of England in the Euros.

If memory serves me right, it was England, aided and abetted by Scotland, who terminated the old Home International series.

I believe it was thought in certain quarters that it would be better playing against opposition of a higher quality than Northern Ireland and Wales could offer. So, in the season of 1983/84, it ended, with Northern Ireland winning the trophy and Wales as runners up.

England last won the Home Championship in 1982/83. They seem to have been preparing for 33 years to lose to Iceland in Euro 2016. Good luck, Wales. And thank you, Northern Ireland.

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