harry wrote:Wow! That's a lot of effort to not disprove anything I typed even when only quoting selective parts of it.
Nah, it was a cut & paste job. Very little effort. Took about two minutes.
It really was this bit..."It's the rest of the public with limited knowledge of football who get dragged along by media hype. "
My contention is that there isn't any media hype. There hasn't been for years, but people still seem convinced the press is routinely saying England have a great side who are at least among the favourites. And these other people supposedly taken in by this hype...when was the last time you met anyone who really thought England were up with the best?
Go back to the 80s and you'd definitely have a point, but lately?
Even if you go back to 2010, when expectations were highest for a while after a good qualifiying campaign, and a supposedly good manager in charge, the predictions don't really indicate anyone getting carried away...
https://www.theguardian.com/football/bl ... redictions
What there is is a massive amount of media coverage of England's campaigns, but that's hardly the same thing. That's about interest, not expectation.
My question stands...if media hype for England is so common, and it's true that "Each major tournament follows the same curve of over-expectation", then find some. If there's loads of it about, it should be easy.