It’s not you, Robert Green. It’s them.

Here at Fordiebianco HQ we have been enjoying some lovely footy. Well, mostly watching the German friendly training game against Australia, but we also dutifully watched our host nation’s attempt at glory. That wasn’t as lovely. But the relentless battering via the so called ‘popular press’ here in the UK is not only contra productive, but also completely misguided.

If a first class team like the English one is not able to put four goals past these minnows from across the pond, then it’s not Robert Green’s problem. It’s his team’s. This one goal should have just been a foot note in history.

So Robert, old chap: cheer up.

Congrats, All Whites.

Rubbish game and Bahrain deserved to win, but on the other hand, if you cannae convert a penalty you have a significant problem (memo to the Bahraini team: it is not helpful to go up to the penalty taker seconds before the shoot and whisper something in his ear).

So, well done Kiwis. You have a great goalie, but the rest of you still needs a bit of work.