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Pathetic England!!!

June 18, 2010

England once again proved to be a mediocre team in the World Cup as they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Algeria, and given the stats of their group, they could be heading home by the end of the last match next week, they who were believed by many to be among the favorites to lift the trophy this time. All the ‘stars’ in the Three Lions squad looked toothless, and Capello may be had the worst birthday of his entire life today, he who turned 64, was may be thinking of a great celebration after the match, but in the end went in the tunnel disappointed by what he saw, while his team was copiously booed by the crowd watching at the stadium after the final whistle.

Rooney was yet again playing his ‘ghost’ character, he barely threatened the Algerian defense, and moreover his controls and dribbles were so poor that one would think he plays in an amateur club instead of the Premier League. He lacked the confidence we usually see at Man Utd, and to be honest should have been taken off at half-time itself instead of playing the whole game. May be next match he should withdraw himself and allow someone who can play better than him to start the game instead.

He was not the only player who played poorly, Gerrard and Lampard as well were not convincing at all in midfield. This duo must stop playing together for England, they are just not compatible at all since they both play almost the same position. Lampard, who is a very active player in Chelsea, barely showed his skills, same for Liverpool man Gerrard. The defense was horrible at times, with Terry, usually very composed, committing too many fouls on the Algerian forwards.

One man who impressed was Heskey, he’s not young anymore, but still he has the capacity to keep the ball, and put pressure on the opposition. Also he comes back to defend when needed and his replacement, Defoe, injected some pace in the attack but he too did not manage to break down a well organized Algerian team. Frustration could be seen on all the England squad, including the staff, but what surprised me most was the reluctance of Capello to replace Rooney, may be Joe Cole could have done a better job, and also send Carrick, who at one point was warming up, to regulate the midfield play.

So England’s fate now resides in their own hands and feet, as Slovenia proved to be more like emerging from the group stages, as they are leaders, and drew 2-2 with USA earlier today, although they were leading at 2-0 at some point but the brave US players managed to level things up and secure a point. USA will face Algeria for their last match, and could well take the 3 points, and if England fail to win, then its goodbye to her majesty’s humble servants…

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2010 10:18 pm

    Too bad England haven’t figured out where first gear is yet.

    I can’t believe how poorly they are combining. Honestly though — how much of it has to do with that new ball? The more we keep seeing shots zooming over the bar and people having trouble dribbling a lighter ball, it makes me wonder if it wouldn’t have been smarter to introduce the new ball a year ago and let people get used to it. Any opinion on this, or am I snatching at air?

    http://blog.ericmerten.com/2010/06/18/komen-coulibaly/

    • June 19, 2010 10:02 pm

      I dont think anything wrong with the ball actually, yes it may be lighter, but aren’t they training with it, so may be instead of spending too much time stretching etc, may be they could do with some shooting/passing/control practise…
      I mean I could be given a bowling ball and told to play football with it, and if am mentally prepared to accept that I can score with this ball, I will do so, but if at first sight I say well its a bowling ball no way I’ll get that in the net, so am killing all my chances of at least giving a try, same applies for the current ball, I think many players have mentally prepare themselves to blame the ball for anything which goes wrong instead of preparing themselves better…

  2. June 19, 2010 12:20 am

    As a US fan I was happy to see the England of 2006 show up, since the draw was much needed from this vantage point. As a Manchester United supporter I am completely confused as to the lack of quality shown on the pitch. Watching most of those players play week in and week out and seeing the talent that is in each and every lineup, I am beginning to believe those negative reports that state that this team just cannot gel on the big stage.

  3. George permalink
    June 19, 2010 10:44 am

    Lampard didn’t show his skills because he ain’t got any. He’s used to having it laid on a plate for him. He’s useless. Go home Frank.

  4. maserati4200 permalink
    June 19, 2010 11:05 am

    I agree – Lampard isn’t worth the shirt. But then again you could say that about the lot of them after last night. We have one of worst teams in the competition.

    Ponderous, poor technique, lack of energy, effort and commitment, lack of desire and generally clueless. With this lot we couldn’t win a raffle if there was only one ticket.

    We’re also playing an outdated and predictable system. Capello needs to shake it up, both in terms of personnel and tactics.

    • June 19, 2010 9:56 pm

      May be time for Joe Cole and Defoe to start a game instead of watching from the bench, and also take off Lampard to allow Gerrard more freedom in the midfield, as these two can never play together (even once tried it in FM and never worked out :P )

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