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on 17 February 2009
Every World Cup in which England tried to compete is featured. From their first appearance in the World`s greatest sporting event in 1950, which is described by Tom Finney right up to the 2002 Finals in Asia, which is described by....the author. The reason being, no England `hero` from that campaign was willing to participate. Because the money wasn`t right. A thousand pounds for an interview, not bad for the likes of most people on here, but not enough for the stars of 2002. Says it all, really, about the modern footballer. For all that, this is still a fantastic read, there are genuine greats of the game, including Bobby Robson, Peter Shilton and my particular favourite contributor, QPR`s Stan Bowles. Who never played in the Finals because England didn`t qualify in 1974 and 1978. That`s one of the great things about the book, even unsuccessful campaigns are mentioned.
The book follows the tried and tested format used in the series, each player gets about ten pages to recall his experiences of playing (or not as the case may be) in the World Cup. There are loads of anecdotes, players not speaking, managers losing their way and it is, as I said, a really fine read for anyone interested in the nitty gritty of international football.