That Was The Week That Was

This week, Nigel Farage described Theresa May and the rest of the government’s handling of the Brexit deal as ‘national humiliation becomes an international humiliation’. But who’s to say that he was, in fact, referring to Scotland’s crushing 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan?

They were soundly beaten by a team whose most famous celebrity doesn’t even exist. Many have called it the worst result in the national team’s history.

With Alex McLeish as gaffer, it doesn’t seem as though it will get better anytime soon if his post-match comments are anything to go by. He claimed Scotland started off well. Well, if he truly believes that conceding in the 6th minute can be construed as starting the match positively, then I’ll let him have it.

It’s unobtrusive comments like that which only intensified the media’s scrutiny of his capability for the Scotland¬†manager’s job. Has he not learned anything from his media training?

After an eleven-year-long absence, Wales finally returned ‘home’ to North Wales on Wednesday night. They were dealt tricky opponents in the form of both Trinidad AND Tobago.

Given their unfair advantage of being able to field two teams, it’s incomprehensible how they could be ranked a miserable 93rd in the FIFA world rankings.

Still, the experimental Welsh XI were able to finally break down their Caribbean opponents when Ben Woodburn pounced in added time to chest the ball into the net. Because you know, headers are too mainstream these days.

There was plenty of Premier League interest in Belgium’s 3-1 win over Russia. Former Chelsea keeper, if you could call him that, Thibaut Courtois’s blushes were spared after his howler allowed Denis Cheryshev to equalise.

Perhaps he should have had an early night.

In a group alongside Germany and the Netherlands, Northern Ireland will qualify for Euro 2020 as it stands after their 2-0 win over a cautious Estonia leaves them in second. Keep the whole ‘they’ve only played one game’ malarky to yourselves. Let’s allow the Irish to have this moment.

A decade after making his international debut, Niall McGinn finally scored his first goal.

Harry Maguire is another one of those England 2018 World Cup heroes to have failed to really step up in the league this season. Although you wouldn’t have thought so given the reverence the media has afforded him.

In reality, he’s pretty much been living exclusively off the World Cup. At Burnley last weekend, he was sent off after 3 minutes and 11 seconds.

Yet his teammates were able to spare his blushes, as Leicester went on to win 2-1 with captain Wes Morgan bagging a late winner in stoppage time.

Nevermind. He might be on the verge of a huge £65m move to Manchester United if this article by the Daily Star is to be believed.

Ole’s at the wheel? Ole’s drunk at the wheel.

Have a great weekend everyone.