27th March 2011

Dubai stopover thoughts:

England’s dream is over. Not the dirty dream, we’re still having those – five months on the road is a long time. I mean the dream of World Cup glory.

Instead of a triumphant final page denouement we’ve been relegated to the opening chapters of this tournaments story. The entertainment before the serious competition began. We were its rodeo clowns. The Pearl & Dean presentations. The clumsy teenage foreplay. The unintentionally funny studio ramblings before the live coverage began…

…Oh my God, we were the World Cup’s Charles Colville!


On fight to Heathrow now. Have passed on revelation about ‘CC’ to rest of squad.

We sit in silence…

…apart from Luke Wright, who’s been mistaken for a small child and invited to visit the cockpit.