After UEFA’s decision to expand the pool of teams eligible to qualify for Euro 2016, England have been drawn against a team Gary Linker described as “just a hole.”
The group includes several other familiar European nations but England have never faced a Sinkhole before and there is thought to be disquiet in the England camp following reports on BBC Sport that the last team to face them had “disappeared from the face of the Earth.”
The president of UEFA, Michel Platini, has come in for criticism for allowing the inclusion of a geographical phenomenon into an international football competition but dismissed allegations of corruption as “groundless.”
It is thought unlikely Roy Hodgson will re-call former England captain, John Terry, for the crucial tie amid the controversy surrounding the Chelsea man over allegations of holeism.
A Guardian investigation revealed that as a youth team player Terry had been disciplined by the west London club for repeatedly filling in holes at their Cobham training centre.
One former youth-team coach, Ian Michaels, said, “he just couldn’t stop” and that at one point it got so bad that Terry would even carry “a trowel” around the Kings Road.
Michaels said things came to a head when the centre-half “kept asking to borrow a spirit level.”
Asked about England’s chances against Europe’s newest team, Roy Hodgson was in confident mood saying they were “susceptible to the lob” but added that it “won’t be a walk over.”