… irreverent, often hilarious - Sunday Times.
Simon Briggs's lightness of touch, intrinsic humour and gift for the telling detail make this an engaging read - Sunday Telegraph.
splendid … a jovially airy trawl through the exasperating life of England's national team - Frank Keating, Guardian.
witty but also deals with issues - Sunday Telegraph
A light-hearted but highly intelligent history of the English football team - Sunday Express.
… a rip-roaring look at the trials and tribulations of the England football team - Sport.
From the Inside Flap
Seldom has the gap between national expectation and actual achievement been so wide as in the case of England's hapless football team… Don't Mention the Score is the tragicomic story of how one small nation tried and failed to dominate world football. Littered with red cards, missed penalties, and more than a handful of off-the-ball incidents, Don't Mention the Score is a hilarious and often exasperating journey through England's 136-year history of footballing underachievement. It features a case of slippery Argentinians, dull but reliable Germans, and dreamily gifted Brazilians - all of them itching to hand out a technical masterclass in one-touch football to the recreation-ground clodhoppers of Olde Englande… In the rumbustious style of his bestselling Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps, Simon Briggs charts England football's rare highs and all-too-frequent lows. Embellished with some 50 black-and-white photographs, and incorporating more than 100 of the wittiest and most wounding quotations about England and England footballers past and present, Don't Mention the Score is the perfect gift for any football fan, from eighteen to eighty.