There has been something refreshing about the lack of
hysteria surrounding the summer's
two international tournaments.
The Confederations Cup and European U21 Championship have
been played with the kind of level-headedness Early Doors feared was no longer
Of course every team has wanted to win, but they have played
under moderate pressure and without the histrionics that routinely accompany
the bigger competitions.
You suspect that if Ivory Coast had been involved in
the Confed Cup, Didier Drogba might have described their exit as 'a darned shame'
rather than 'a f***ing disgrace'.