Yeah I totally disagreed. People gave Croatia respect, but they just thought England would win, based on form and fitness. Plenty of neutrals agreed with that, and I didnít think the tone was remotely nationalistic tub-thumpingz
Obviously not everyone like that (and actually thought a few of the new snippets were surprisingly accurate in their acknowledgement that Croatia do have top players) but theyíre not making this stuff up.
Might have been a bit less this time round but there is always ďsurpriseĒ on a general level when England go out. But when only been to 4 semis in international tournaments ever it should actually be the other way round.
And those two might have been extreme (but we know enough to be recorded by the other team) but what on earth had they seen to be anything other than 50:50 nudging towards England through hope/ natural support?
This is morphing into a punditry complaint but there should be more cold analysis than that.
The pattern of lose control of the game and get punished by decent opposition happens all the time.