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Sunday 21 September 2014

Have Your Say: England team can hold their heads high

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

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England players - including captain Steven Gerrard and forward Wayne Rooney - gather on the field to acknowledge their supporters after the draw with Costa Rica. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
England players - including captain Steven Gerrard and forward Wayne Rooney - gather on the field to acknowledge their supporters after the draw with Costa Rica. Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

IT'S a bit daft to condemn England for their worst WC finals performance. At least they qualified, which they have failed to do on other occasions. Ireland didn't qualify at all and God knows what humiliations would have been visited on us if we had. So England failed to win a game: 'No team from these islands has ever done worse than England's single-point haul from three games'. By this logic, it's better not to qualify because then you won't lose games at the finals. England were a bit unlucky as well. There were a couple of other groups they would have qualified from, I reckon. Let's not forget Ireland's pathetic performance at the last Euros while we're at it - at least England won a point.

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On the other hand, you're quite right about Baraclough and Derval!

Gavin Kelly

Smaller counties need GAA's help

I wish to acknowledge the wonderful article penned by Mr Shane Curran in last Sunday's Independent. It was a breath of fresh air to read.

How right he is in stating that all the people, knowledge and resources are being stripped out of rural Ireland. We do have the elite counties such as Dublin, Kerry, Tyrone, Cork and, to a lesser extent, Donegal, Mayo and others who are managing to keep up there with the others and can compete. We are getting like the Premier League in England, where only a handful of teams are capable of competing and two or three have any chance of winning.

I am delighted Shane has highlighted this and the GAA, while they are a wonderful organisation, have to look further than September in Croke Park. That is not taking from the powerhouse of Dublin football and I have great respect for Jim Gavin, who has brought management to a new level.

We all dream of what can be achieved through our clubs and counties and I, as a Donegal man, have great pride in my county and club. I look forward to reading more of Shane's articles over the coming months and hopefully he will be corresponding for some time to come.

Pat O'Connor

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