All the best series have stand-alone episodes – I’m thinking The Pine Barrens in The Sopranos and Bouncer’s dream in Neighbours. Here Tom Exelby continues his weekly assessment of who is most deserving to make the England squad flying to the Euros this summer and does so in the form of a poem….
Now the season is ending its time to focus
On the 23 boarding the fabled air bus
In 96 there was Shearer, Gazza and Pearce
There all gone now but the competition’s still fierce
Parker and Gerrard, Hart and Cole
What about Crouch after THAT goal?
The Swedes and French await in group B
Here we could struggle without Wayne Rooney
Fears and worries, though, we must banish
Then pray to the Gods we avoid the Spanish
So who will be boarding our dream packed plane?
Who wants a knighthood at the start of their name?
Big egos will be dented, and left at home
Unexpected rejection letters, met with a groan
Carrick and Barry may be left in despair
Watching events from the beach in a deck chair
Who knows even Terry could join Wayne Bridge
In an ITV studio for the tournament coverage
Walcott and Wilshere have both made their case
To unpack their luggage at our Polish base
Ashley Cole and Lennon may both be small
But they can wait in their mansions expecting a call
Richards and Baines will both be there too
Battling Europe’s finest for me and for you
We have a chance, of that there’s no doubt
But to succeed we will need to knock some great teams out
So let’s cheer and support, let’s clap our hands
Show the Europeans we’re the most passionate fans
Chant and sing for the men in all white
And thank god we’re not Scottish because let’s be honest they’re ………..