Getting over it
- 3 Jul 06, 09:55 AM
HOHENSYBURG, OUTSIDE DORTMUND - Yesterday was a total wash out.
It's more than 36 hours now since England went out of this World Cup and Fletch and I are still struggling to process that information and summon up the required strength to move on.
Yesterday was a day off for us and we spent it sunning ourselves on a beautiful, serene campsite in the Ruhr Valley - just on the edge of the largest industrial area in Germany.
The heat meant we couldn't just sleep off the quarter-final exit - and my shortage of pants, socks and t-shirts also meant I had to get out of bed and do some washing.
Lunch was a sombre affair, and it was all I could do to stop myself pulling the chair out from underneath a young lad with a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt on.
Afterwards Fletch went for a walk and I tried to take my mind off things with a movie, but both of us would occasionally just shake our heads in disbelief as the memory of yet more penalty shoot-out agony came flooding back.
We've done our analysis and pointed fingers left, right and centre before settling on the opinion that we do have a good team and maybe next time it'll all work itself out.
But we're aware we've got to let go, there is still a week to go until the world champions are crowned and we've got to get ourselves "up for it".
So our plan is to replace that pain of defeat with physical pain, by running a mile for Sport Relief.
Check out Fletch's entry if you want to suggest a location for us to do it.
Then we'll be heading back into Dortmund for Germany's semi-final meeting with Italy and we'll follow the winners of that to Berlin.
So if you have any suggestions where we should go in between here and the German capital then let us know, time is running out on this blog adventure.
I've packed away my England shirt after its solitary outing on Saturday - if Germany get to the final should I get a shirt as a souvenir, or is that the ultimate betrayal?
Don't forget to guess our mileage for the chance to win some fabulous Sport Relief prizes, including a Pele-signed table football and our very own Shevchenko-signed Fletch and Ricco t-shirts.