To be able to sound like a real England football manager you must master the correct lexicon. There are a standard set of phrases that the Football Association will furnish you with and these should cover every situation you ever face as England Manager. Here is a sneak peek at some of the phrases and when to use them.
We got the result we needed. - One of the most useful phrases for any England Manager in order to brush off the fact that you struggled to a narrow victory over a team ranked more than 100 places below you.
It's a game of two halves. - Great for avoiding explaining why the first half performance was so dreadful.
He's not quite match fit. - Explains why one of your star players looks like he just walked out of the pub.
Do I not like that. - To be uttered when you fail to qualify for a major championship.
We can only get better. - Say this after your team have won a game in the blind optimism that lightning could strike twice and your team will not struggle to a draw at home against Turkmenistan in the next game.
We all know what he's capable of. - Use this to divert attention away from yet another lamentable performance by your star midfielder and remind the pundits that if they stretch their memories back far enough he did, indeed, once have a good game for England.
It's a platform to build on. - Covers up the mediocre performance in the last game by suggesting that there will be an improvement in the next. There won't be!
It's such a cruel way to go out. - It is essential that you memorize this cliche for discussing England's inevitable exit through losing a penalty shoot out.