Owen Hargreaves - an apology

Some weeks ago I questioned the purpose of Owen Hargreaves' selection for the England World Cup sqaud. After his barnstorming performance against Portugal, including being the only Englishman capable of scoring a penalty, I retract my criticism of him fully, and apologize to him. Indeed, he has shown he should be a fixture in the England team, being far more deserving of his place in midfield than the dismal Frank Lampard. The logic of the Londoncentric press appears to be that if you are a West Ham or Chelsea player (or even better, have played for both) you are a footballing genius whose name should be in the eleven every time. This is delusional bollocks, but sadly adhered to by many an England manager. Whether this will change with a Yorkshireman in charge of England remains to be seen.
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