But it has been impossible this morning to get away from the general wittering about last night’s match in Ukraine.
On Talk Sport, there was much hand-wringing over the missing ingredient of a player able to snatch a goal out of nothing. Emile Heskey’s selection, as a man not even in favour at his club, was questioned; Carlton Cole’s “hunger for goals” applauded.
Isn’t there someone else around and available who has not only hunger for goals, but a hefty batch of them on Premier scoresheets already this season? Hasn’t he plucked one or two from nothing? Wasn’t one of those goals scored only a week ago before the eyes of the England coach?
Or are we just as hell Bent now on not picking an in-form Sunderland player now as we were when Kevin Keegan left a certain striker sharing his first name to languish on the bench as England stuttered to an early exit from Euro 2000?
“Obviously I’m competing with a lot of good players,” Darren – get the T-shirt from A Love Supreme – is quoted by the Sunday Mirror as saying. “But I’ve begun the season well and my record stands up well against everyone so far.”