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England’s no suprise – demise

June 27, 2012




England are out of the Euro’s. The team landed the other day at Luton Airport with the noticeable exception of John Terry, who decided to stay behind to celebrate with the eventual winners…


I remember some time back in December 2011, I think it was just before UEFA did the draw for the finals. My view was thus. England qualify. Draw for finals is made. Hype by media (not so bad this time). We get out of our group. Play either Germany or Portugal. Go out at first knock out stage, maybe on pens. Come back to inquest as to why we can’t produce top players. Premier League starts, Inquest forgotten. Then we do it all again for the next World Cup.


I was a young lad, eight in fact, when sat upon a sofa wit the family in Southgate Court, just off of Downham Road, Islington, (no we were part of the one million who have since said the attended the final at Wembley) watching  in black and white as England beat Germany 4-2 to lift the World Cup. Little did In know that later by the time I had reached the ripe old age of fifty-four, 12 Euro’s and 11 World Cups later England would not have even reached a major International FINAL.


In that time Germany have reached the last four 20 times.


England did not even qualify for all the finals of either tournament. The best we did was a Semi-Final of World Cup in 1990 and semi-final of Euro’s on home territory in 1996. I mean even Greece have won the Euro’s.


How can a country that gave football to World be so poor at International football and produce players that cannot even complete the simple task of passing the ball to each other and controlling a football.


We have the pass, pass, pass of Spain and in contrast the Give it away, Give it away, Give it away of England. How can it be that the player to have made the most passes in quarter-final of a major international tournament was England Goalkeeper.


Why, when you have been in charge for 5/6 games and on a holiday period would the new England manager be so defensive? What did he have to lose? Why did we get rid of a manager that has a superb footballing CV, to replace him with a manager (albeit nice bloke) with one who CV is nigh on empty and would cover a few lines.? Even Harry Redknapp has won more (1 FA Cup) in top class football that Roy Hodgson.


Why did the FA allow player power and media power get rid of Capello?


I find it hard to believe that there has been talk about Spain being boring. Why? They have players who to me are Artists, producing footballing art on a piece of grass measuring 110/75 yards. How anyone can find Xavi, Inesta, Custard Cream, Fabregas and Silva boring? Yes it tippy tappy stuff at times, but it’s also brilliant and sometimes rather than look at them, look at the opposition when Spain have the ball and are passing it around, they haven’t a clue.


I am also amazed/shocked  when I see the Likes Hansen, Lineker, Lawrenson, Southgate and the rest, even the commentators, discussing England’s lack of skill. Not because on this side of things they are not right. No!… I get annoyed because when Arsenal, Chelsea, United, Spurs and other footballing sides go to Stoke, Blackburn, Birmingham, Bolton over the years and have to face the in-your-face type of football that get those teams results, the very same experts praise them.  The sort of teams that have players who are “not that sort of player”


This does not mean these teams should not play their brand of anti-football and play to their strengths. Strengths it has to be said, created by Neanderthal managers such as Hughes, Pullis, McLeish, Allerdyce etc. No I’m saying that while experts can say they did well to bring the stronger opponent down a level or two, they should also be saying that for the bigger picture it is doing no favours to English football at international level. yet they are more inclined to have a go at the bigger teams for not losing to them.


No top team got a victory at Stoke RFC last season, but when your manager signs players based on having to be 6.6”, built like brisk shit-house, have enough of them to bully other team and play with the ball in the air 60% of the time what does anyone expect. They then try to create as many aerial battles as they can, it is not doing football overall any good.


The managers I mention for me have as much responsibility as the top managers to create a style of football and footballers who can play for England.


So next season when you see the experts and commentators saying how some teams style of football is getting results and that’s what matters, remember also what the hypocrites were saying with regards to how England play in International tournaments.


Arsenal have played the sort of football that England should be playing at this level, yes for some it’s too tippy tappy.  They get slagged off for it.


When will they learn?










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