One of the national dailies has a big heading on it's back page slagging off Henman, Vaughan, Dallagilo (not sure about the spelling) and Beckham. Well, a few points:
1) Tim Henman has been the only British player in recent times to make a real success in this sport. He has been a top ten player for many years now (apart from when injured). He has also been the world's most consistent player at Wimbledon for the last ten years nearly always making the quarter and semi finals. Tennis is never player in leagues where you can afford a loss and still make it to the next round (Portugal and England in Euro 2004 spring to mind). if you get beaten in a tournament you are out! He cannot hide behind team mates in a match as it is a solo sport. He is our top player and done his country proud over the years so don't knock him!
2)Vaughan was heralded a big success in the last few months as he captained England to a fantastic win in the Windies and then we beat NZ. Agreed, in one day cricket we must improve and the team selection was rough but for pete's sake stop slagging off our national cricet side who have improved so much in recent years. It wasn't that long ago that Nasser took us to the Indian sub-continent where we did brilliantly. Everyone was singing the teams praises and then we got beaten by the Aussies, one of the best cricketing sides ever.
3) Isn't time a funny thing. Not long ago London stopped when our rugby team won the world cup. Dagllalio was one of the coutry's favourites after his passion against the frogs. Now, after a run of poor form down under the critisism being levelled at him and the rest of the team is way OTT. They have been the victim of injuries and a number of the top, older players have retired. Woodward is building a new team but needs time. The time to really peak is at the next World Cup.
4)...and finally, Beckham. A guy who in '98 was derided by the whole country but showed great character to pick himself up and prove what a good player he is (note, I said good and not great). His passion and commitment got us to the last World Cup (who can forget that goal against Greece). Yes, he's had a run of poor form and does need to sort out his private and commenrcial life but come on, is he really now an enemy of the state.
The people to really have a go at are those that run our British scum press who love to build people up and then put them down again in the most obnoxious manner. GET BEHIND OUR SPORTS MEN AND WOMEN.