Yet more England heartbreak, but can West Ham heal our broken hearts?

I do worry that expectations from many will be exceedingly high this season

Declan Rice (WHU) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

I have what many might consider the worst track record of watching England at summer tournaments.

I was there in Bloemfontein in 2010 when the Three Lions crashed out in 90 minutes at the hands of Germany at the South Africa World Cup.

I was there too when Extra Time errors gifted the Netherlands a dramatic win against England during the 2019 Nations League in Portugal.

And I was at Wembley to watch England’s first major tournament final since 1966 and, well, we all know what happened on penalties against Italy last month.

Some might say I’ve now collected the perfect hattrick of tournament defeats – instead of left-foot, right-foot, head; I’ve got normal time, extra time and pens!

It’s the hope that reels you in every single time. Just like supporting West Ham.

Did I really think we would secure a top four place last season? Honestly, no. But whilst we were playing well, scoring, and with the run-in we had, I hoped we could do something remarkable.

As it turns out, we still managed extraordinary by securing a Europa League berth and I’m looking forward to the campaign this year.

But I do worry that expectations from many will be exceedingly high this season, and I worry about the impact of our Europa League campaign on our Premier League efforts.

Should I be worried? I hope my England track record doesn’t start rubbing off on West Ham!

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