It’s a form of sporting manic depression that does no one any favours. Were England to be less vaunted and if less was expected of them, they would, almost certainly achieve much more. But somehow English culture won’t let that happen. I suspect, with my psych-analysts pipe and slippers on, that it’s because as a nation we’re too much in love with cynicism and defeat and that we rather enjoy feeling bad about everything. Which when you think about it, is in itself a sort of madness. But it’s been this way for 40 years and I don’t see it changing any time soon.