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The England Post Mortem : 24 hrs later

June 28, 2010

This marks a hat-trick of articles on England’s shameful exit from the World Cup. It is safe to say that we all feel deeply disappointed by not only this, but the entire campaign in South Africa.

The referee missed one class at algebra and saw this as a straight line

What the ref really saw

First of all, I maintain in my opinion, as well as that of Fabio’s, that had the goal counted, England could have gone in level at halftime, with a shellshocked German defence quaking in their knees. The 2nd half could have been played totally differently and the result could have been different.

However, therein lies the problem. They could have, but they probably wouldn’t anyway.

We only need to look back at the first half hour of the game when the scores were nil-nil. England had possession and couldn’t do anything with it, and Germany looked content to sit back and attack on the counter, and had given England the warning signs. Had Lampard’s goal counted, England would probably have done the same in the 2nd half, as will Germany, but we will never know, and there is no point arguing over this point.

What I will say however, is that Capello is more of a politician than we thought. He came in promising to pick players on form and fitness, but he made us wait on Gareth Barry, and we also had to endure the selection of Michael Carrick. That England’s top 2 keepers were from the bottom 4 clubs in the league spoke of empty tin cans about form.

Twice during the game in Bloemfontein Gareth Barry was caught out in possession, giving the ball away too easily with one of them leading to a goal, with the other a near miss. Not only was he out of form, he was also out of shape, as he looked slow to every ball.

Just moments before his goal, I predicted that the 2nd German goal was the end of Upson’s England career. I could still be right, but it was evident that he was no match for the pacey German frontline. He was caught out for pace more than once, and eventually the Germans took their chances.

Questions should also be raised about Capello’s decision to take off Milner for Cole, with Milner showing his obvious disagreement with the decision. Milner was at that point, England’s most creative player on the wing, and taking him off for Cole who would cut into the centre was like pulling out the carpet from underneath English fans. The decision to put Heskey on was also another puzzling one, possibly with the exception that Heskey has a good record improving his strike partner’s rate, and Capello was probably banking on that.

Lessons should be taken from the German defeat, as it is clear experience didn’t count for a goal in this game, and the likes of Jerome Boateng with only 7 caps should be lauded for their bravery and performance and not scrutinized for every mistake they make, which the English press do rather well.

I look forward for the next World Cup, should England qualify, because we will no longer need to solve the Gerrard and Lampard mystery, and pensioners will include Terry, James, Heskey, and Ferdinand, who, Heskey apart, form part of the player power which I believe still exists.

Fans may be worried about the shortage of talent pool to fill in the gaps of these players but who can honestly tell me that James Milner would make it into the World Cup squad when the season started in August last year? Sometimes the players are already there, its just that only a few have taken notice of it.

From the Aston Villa squad itself we have the likes of Agbonlahor and Young to come, and possibly even Delfuenso, and from Spurs the likes of Huddlestone and Lennon could very well be experienced Champions League performers then. Daniel Sturridge and Scott Sinclair could come of age in Chelsea and the same could be said for Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck in Man United also with Champions League football experience. Sprinkle this with the players who make a name in other teams like Gary Cahill and before you know it, you’ve got a brand new first XI, but let’s leave that for another article.

Finally I would like to apologise in advance for my ramblings as there is much too wrong with the England team and I could go on forever, but taking everything into context, you could say they deserved to be out at this stage, although not in this manner. Reaching the quarterfinals would only lend leverage to the fact England-Capello is as good as England-Eriksson, which is a blot in Capello’s copybook, and hopefully he’ll make the necessary rights to fix it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 7:01 pm

    And don’t forget the likes of Jack Wilshere at Arsenal – Euro 2012 may be tooe arly for him, but expect him to be there or thereabouts.

    Youth needs to be given an opportunity now, to give the first few members of the next generation a chance to bed in and to start to ease out the cancerous culture which infests this England squad. After all, the first Euro qualifiers are only ten weeks away, so there’s no time to lose!

    We also need to accept that we’re not the world-beating side the tabloids and the players always hype us up to be. In fact, we haven’t been for years. As the analysis in the post below shows all too clearly, reaching the knockout stage in only six of the last ten tournaments, and then a record in sudden-death games of W3 L6 is the mark of a good side, but not a great one.

  2. billyboneshaker permalink
    June 28, 2010 7:07 pm

    Well, the defeat does one thing for England surely. They would start believing that inexperienced players can make an impact. Jonhson – rings any bells????

  3. George permalink
    June 28, 2010 8:31 pm

    Upson and Terry were as bad as each other at the back, and the lack of pace they showed was frightening. What summed it up for me was when Ozil skinned Barry on the wing for the third goal. Barry looked like John Smith the way he was trying to keep up with Ozil. Shameful.

    The fact that England had the oldest squad at the World Cup speaks volumes. If you look at the African and South American sides, they’re not afraid to give youth a chance. Ghana are starting with 19-year old Jonathan Mensah at the heart of their defence, and although he conceeded a penalty against USA, he looked a great deal more solid than Terry and Upson did against Germany. They also had Samuel Inkoom on the right wing, another 19-year old. Germany had 5 players from the victorious Under21 side that won the Euro Championships in their starting line-up. It’s about time we got with the modern times and gave our youngsters a chance.

    Many people have said that our pool of players isn’t very strong but I think that’s rubbish. You’ve already mentioned the likes of Cahill, Sturride, Sinclair etc. What about Ryan Shawcross, Leighton Baines, Ashley Young, Curtis Davies, Stephen Warnock, Joe Hart, Victor Moses, Kieran Gibbs. The list is endless.

  4. maserati4200 permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:16 am

    … Jack Rodwell, Danny Rose, Richard Stearman, David Wheater.

    It’s time to be brave, clear the decks of the detritus from this World Cup campaign and blood the young guns. Some will fail, others will flourish under the right management regime. We should use the Euro qualifiers and finals (if we reach them) as the proving ground and the 2014 WC as the first real test of our ability to develop young talent into a squad that can compete with desire, skill and tactical awareness.

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