I remember once watching Sky News in the 1990s, shortly after Canadian Tennis player Greg Rusedski took up British citizenship, in the naive hope that it will help break the generations-long wait for a British Grand-Slam Champion. Rusedski was upset in some tournament by a low ranked player and this cheeky blonde reading the news – she was blonde and was cheeky – said “he is looking very English already!”.
Well the death kiss which is being associated with English representation has hit Harry Redknapp particularly early. The FA has not even confirmed his appointment as manager and only said that they are: a. leaning toward an English candidate. b. will announce the appointment at the end of the season. With West Brom in relative safety they are probably not waiting on Roy Hodgson.
But Harry started losing in an instance.
It is difficult to say if the future appointment has effected Redknapp’s work and is related to Tottenham’s free fall of late. At one point he made a public comment – saying Paul Scholes should be available for England selection – that seemed to be related to his future job. But In truth, one cannot see what could have been done differently. Making the appointment public would be awkward – with opposing players having hopes of England selection for the summer. Quitting Spurs immediately upon Capello’s resignation would have been pointless and very unfair on Tottenham.
You see: it’s not anyone’s fault and nothing can be done about it. It’s just the England kiss of death.