Strip by: Manyhills
Garfield: Everyone seems to know the score
Newspaper: ENGLAND UTTERLY USELESS
TV: They've seen it all before
Jon: They just know... they're so sure...
That England's gonna throw it away
Gonne blow it away
Jon: But I know they can play!
Garfield: Cos I remember
Jon: Three lions on a shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming
Garfield: Thirty years of hurt never stopped me dreaming
Jon: Joke joke joke joke
Garfield: So many jokes
Garfield: So many sneers
Garfield: But all those oh-so-nears wear you down through the years
But I still see
Garfield: That tackle by Moore
Garfield: And when Lineker scored
Bobby belting the ball
And Nobby dancing
Garfield: Three lions on a shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming, thirty years of hurt never stopped me dreaming...
The author writes:
This strip includes one panel from every Garfield corresponding to a date the England men's national football team was eliminated from a major tournament since Garfield debuted in 1978. The lyrics are from one of the four England national squad songs to have topped the UK charts, "Three Lions" by Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds (originally written for Euro '96), which has re-entered the Top 30 every World Cup since. The connoisseur's choice, I believe, is "World in Motion" by Greatest Band Ever New Order.
Perhaps we'll qualify for Euro 2016. Fifty years of hurt...
[[Original strips: (no qualification World Cup 1978), 1980-06-15, 1982-07-05, (no qualification Euro 1984), 1986-06-22, 1988-06-15, 1990-07-04 (to Germany in the semis on penalties), 1992-06-17, (no qualification World Cup 1994), 1996-06-26 (to Germany in the semis on penalties), 1998-06-30, 2000-06-20, 2002-06-21, 2004-06-24, 2006-07-01, (no qualification Euro 2008), 2010-06-27, 2012-06-24, 2014-06-20.]]