Seriously, Russians, with serious problems when it comes to racism towards black players, is are saying that some Birmingham fans acting like cocks is what cost England the bid?
I didn't even want it to go to England, (and the media in the UK was saying FIFA were corrupt from before the vote, there was a good Panorama exposť of FIFA's executive commitee and records of them recieving six or seven figure sums through the company that used to award all the commerical rights that aired the Monday before the vote and is rumoured to have hurt England's bid) but denying that FIFA has serious corruption issues, whether or not your nation favoured from that or not, is real head-in-the-sand stuff.
And mate, the FA is called the FA not out of arrogance but because once upon a time it was the only football association in the world. It was 10 years before the SFA came into existence, 13 before the Welsh FA. Daft sod.
Also ummonk, bog off eh? You say the "British press" are bigging up "their" national team, well I say invest in some brains and learn that there is no British national team, there is England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each country has it's own press, and I don't remember the Daily Record predicting Scotland would qualify for Euro 2012, never mind win the World Cup...