Sports Letter: A question of confidence

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Sir: Mr Topping's remarks (Letters, 20 October) citing Romania's recent contrasting experiences in Britain is misleading. The essential difference between the team that lost in Northern Ireland and that which impressed at Wembley was the confidence born of their creditable showing in the World Cup. To instil this intangible quality in the national side is a prerequisite for Mr Venables.

Genuine support of the team's endeavours, whether by appreciation during the good times or encouragement in the bad, play a large part in boosting confidence. Glib comments based on dubious logic do not.

Yours faithfully, SIMON GODDARD Christ Church Barbados 25 October

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