I try not to read his posts.
Paddy won't answer not because he has a limited vocabulary , lesser powers of articulation & an even lesser intellect to grasp the issue at hand - all of which he does but he simply fails to understand power politics for all the reasons described above & more , it's implications & the fallacy of bringing in moral arguments to justify power politics.
Ah you took the bait didn't you ?! Well let' discuss England's journey to the final . It was placed in a group with 2 of the minnows of the entire list of 32 countries there along with Belgium the only other potential qualifier for the QF & quality team in that group.But as regards his question, "when was the last time England entered the QFs?" Well, they got to the SFs in the last World Cup.
As expected England beat the minnows & lost to Belgium taking second place in the group qualifying for the QF where to it's good fortune it runs into Columbia - the weakest of all teams to have qualified for the pre QFs.
So what happens now ? It draws the game 1-1 & since it's a knock out stage the game goes into sudden death. England being the less than mediocre team it is huffs & puffs it's way to the QFs with a 1 goal victory margin where it runs into another of the weakest team of those who made it to the QF - Sweden to win 2-0 , the only convincing win England had over decent opponents .
Long story short it gets booted out in the SF by Croatia & gets hammered by old foes Belgium to take 4th spot . Talk about the undeserving reaching as far as they did .