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England v Algeria: two lessons from ’66

By David Herman  

Heskey, Gerrard, Rooney,

1966 has two main lessons for 2010. One is positive and encouraging. The other isn’t.

The positive lesson is that teams can change and grow during a long tournament. Everyone has pointed out that England started with a draw in ’66 (0-0 against Uruguay), and in their other most successful tournament, in 1990 (1-1 against Egypt). More encouraging, though, is if you compare the team that started in ’66 with the team that won the cup. The team…

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