The Beauty of Rooney
In an important post, Chris Brooke has commented on the sheer physical ugliness of the English football team. I think he is partly right on this point. Rooney et al are repulsively ugly. But the point Chris misses is that the players are quite representative of the nation as a whole. Having spent time recently in five countries, I think it would be hard to deny that English men and women are on average the ugliest people in the advanced industrial world. Americans--at least outside of California--run the Brits close, but that's largely (excuse the pun) a function of their obesity. Unfortunately, Brits, poor loves, all appear to have squished up features with one of them--be it a nose or (in Rooney's case) ears--wholly disproportionate to the others.