About the Author
Joe Mewis first footballing memories are as an over-excited eight-year-old being put through the emotional mixer during Italia 90 in a way that only the England team can do. By 2006 he had just about got over England's penalty shoot-out loss to West Germany, so spent the summer in a campervan driving across Germany for the World Cup, only for it all to happen again. He is now a freelance football journalist.
Rob Burnett grew up in the Falkland Islands, where, despite spending many of his early years nearly 8,000 miles from Wembley, he managed to keep up with all of England's penalty-related woe during the nineties thanks to the BBC World Service and even occasionally on television. He moved to the UK in 1999 and is now journalist working in London.