Just when will my footballing pain end? As England cruised to a predictable 3-1 victory in Switzerland this evening, the neighbouring minnows of both nations met at Hampden Park. It's often said that there are no easy games in international football any more but I beg to differ. Liechtenstein is a Principality (not even a country) with a population that couldn't fill Hampden Park. That's right, Scotland's own tiny population of 5 million is one hundred times the size of Liechtenstein's, and this evening we squeaked a 97th minute winner that never looked likely.
It's been twelve long years of gradual national decline for my country and the way we are going, we still won't be able to qualify for the Euro finals in 2016 when the number of finalists increases from 16 to 24. It really is desperate and the win shouldn't disguise the fact that we were mince. We travel to the Czech Republic on 8th October and then host Spain. On the evidence of this evening, I can only predict two defeats which will leave us struggling for qualification.
If only Charlton could get their act together, I could live with Scotland's limitations but the combination is depressing.