12RofC No.11: England Fail to Qualify for Euro 2008

In at number 11 in our countdown is Steve McClaren and England's ill-fated attempt at qualifying for Euro 2008. New in the job, Steve was tasked with giving England their English identity back after Sven-Goran Eriksson, the first foreigner to hold the position, had ruled the roost for so long. His first assignment proved to be his undoing however as his team failed to impress, culminating in a disastrous defeat at home to Croatia on a windy and rainy night at Wembley.

This was the first big event to occur after the formation of The Football Ramble back in April 2007 and in many ways set the tone for the years to come, both in shambolic England performances and The Ramble having to resort to humour to get through difficult footballing times.


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