Labour MP launches Motion against England flops

A Labour MP put the boot into England's football failures with a scathing Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on Friday.

Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath, asked the House to congratulate Croatia and Russia on qualifying for Euro 2008 before turning his attention on the England team, the FA, and Wembley Stadium.

The Motion asked that the House: "notes that £747 million was spent on the new Wembley but the match was played on a surface similar to those used by Sunday footballers.

"Commiserates with the fans who have spent large amounts of their hard earned money following England during these championships;

"Believes that the over-paid, over-pampered and over-hyped English prima donnas from the Premiership who took the field against Croatia disgraced the England shirt once worn by legends such as Stanley Matthews, Duncan Edwards, Bobby Moore, Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton;

"And recognises that they will no doubt be consoled by the thought that while they are watching the European Championships from their luxurious holiday destinations their celebrity lifestyles will be protected by them still receiving their vastly inflated wages, provided by Sky and Setanta television money."