So as England's boys crash out of another major tournament, the nations mindset will be divided. One half of the populas will see a group of top athletes returning from a tough campaign against the best teams in the world where, lets be honest, they progressed further than anyone could have expected, whilst one half will see a bunch of overpaid, over-pampered prima dona's stepping off of a private jet without a care in the world for the heartache that the they have so blatantly inflicted upon the nation.
Well in a petty effort to take the initial sting out of the nations abrupt campaign ending, I've put together a world class 4-4-2 of UK jazz circuit regulars to challenge for a place at 2014's world cup!
Jasper Hoiby : Providing a solid foundation to the spine of the team, his thunderous bass lines and experience in leading his ensemble make him a commanding and authoritative figure at the bass of the field.
Brandon Allen: His unique combination of compositional flair, expert technique and fantastic wealth of experience make Allen's Saxophone style the perfect choice for an attacking left back; providing inventive crescendoing runs when necessary but remaining solid and grounded at all the key moments.
Left Centre Back
Tim Thornton: Stylish through and through, his playing is subtle and well thought out, making him the perfect cool headed centre back to instill that essential blend of confidence and reliability into the spine of the team
Right Centre Back
Gregory Porter: The man is the epitome of cool; With a vocal approach that is sure to lull the opposition into a false sense of security whenever things get a bit 'heated', Porter makes the perfect centre back. Experienced, swathe and he's also a bit of a unit.
Soweto Kinch: Offering a unique approach to his music means that Kinch's playing is unpredictable. Blistering motivic runs up the wing are accompanied by an impressive ability to keep a cool head and clarity of thought, possibly developed through his intelligent and forward-thinking vocal approach.
Jack Wylie: Portico Quartet's alto saxophonist is the perfect wing player; delicate meandering phrases represent his flowing attacking play up the wings, whilst his more quintessential staccato, aggressive tonalities show his ability to swing in a low ball with his mean left foot.
Left Centre Midfield
Alan Barnes (C): The team's Captain brings experience in abundance; his knowledge of the circuit and a list of collaborations too long to elaborate upon means that Barnes thrives in most musical situations (and has most likely acquired the t-shirts to prove it). A comedian to keep up moral, and a wise head in the centre of midfield.
Right Centre Midfeld
Neil Cowley: An impressively versatile composition style blended with a virtuosity on the piano which was present from a young age makes Cowley a perfect centre mid pairing for Barnes. His ability to oversee projects as diverse and unique as his latest album means he can read a game like no other; spraying passes about the field and providing as much in attack as he does in defense; he's jazz's Kevin Kilbane.
Sebastian Rochford: Small, agile and not at all what you expect from an initial glance, Rochford provides blistering runs which incorporate the pace and furore of his drumming style. His accessible compositions with 'Polar Bear' have seen him flourish into a British Jazz trend setter, meaning that he can dictate the play on that right wing like no other.
Kit Downes: With more technical talent than words can describe, Downes is able to tip-toe around defenders as indicated by his virtuosic playing style. 'Tinkling' sporadic melodies are representative of his quick feet and his ability to finish from the most difficult of angles is shown through his adventurous composition approach; the mans got the heart of a lion!
Jamie Cullum: the Rooney of the British jazz circuit. No one has done more for the genre commercially in the last decade and he's easily jazz's most widely recognised name. Creating a huge divide in opinion amongst jazz lovers around the country, there's no doubt that his celebrity outshines many within the realms of the genre, but it will never supersede his music.