Former Norwich manager, Mike Bassett is given the unenviable task of getting England through a World Cup competition in this faux documentary.
Arriving on a wave of football euphoria, Barron's likeable faux documentary follows the fortunes of former Norwich manager Bassett (Tomlinson) as he struggles to take a woeful England to the World Cup.
As England stumble in painfully recognisable ways (first match: 2-0 to Poland), Barron finds plenty of humour in the game - scientific sports training, souped-up Sky coverage.
He even comes up with some inspired lunacy: third division no-hoper players Benson and Hedges get into the squad as Bassett writes his team on a fag packet.
It might not be soccer's Spinal Tap, but there is enough here to make it worthwhile.
The comedy strings are pulled byTomlinson's engaging mixture of saltiness and pathos.