After England's exit from the World Cup, James Riach considers Fabio Capello's position as manager.Back to story
Come on lads. I don't necessarily think sacking or slagging Capello off is the right thing to do. Ultimately, the players looks disinterested, perhaps due to fatigue - number of games they had to endure throughout the season. FA, time for your guys to stand up and be counted on this. Address this issue. I suggest you guys to stick with Capello and see how they peform in the European Championship - 2012. Remember Bobby Robson in 1988 European Championship?? England was abysmal then but FA stuck to him and they reward was England's semi-final in the World Cup 1990. Let's stop the blame game and reorganise!!
Posted 10:32 28th June 2010
The worst collective performances I have ever seen from an england team... utterly toothless.. some simple mistakes made by capello contributed but were not the main reasons for the shambles.. he should have played hart.. he was the best keeper in the PL last season performance wise by the distance.. and certainly better than a relegated pompies james and the regularly hammered hammers keeper Green... capello was too chicken to play him because of his age.. he was older than neuer the german keeper...why bring him at all!!! James was appaulling for the second and third goals... way too much of an angle left for podolski and he closed his eyes for meullers first.. - all this being said.. germany were streets ahead... evenhad it went to 2 - 2, they were pullling england apart on a 5 min basis.. they could have scored 7 or 8.. rooney was a ghost for the whole tournament.. terry was poison upson was absolutely destroyed by close.. why on earth was he there!! again part of the leaky fossit that is the west ham defence!!! Both the players and the manager failed england.. but hey its only football.. roll on the PL in august!!! I will LOVE IT when it comes back... LOVE IT!!!!!
Posted 10:27 28th June 2010
A bunch of over hyped over paid idiots that cant even pass a ball 10 yards,get rid of the lot of them ,start again with young talent that care about playing for the national team
Posted 10:26 28th June 2010
I don't think that Capello should take all the blame. The reality is that England are not good enough to compete with the leading nations. The Premier League is the most exciting and the main reason for it is the foreign talent that is imported. Many of the English players excel at club level and the reason is that they play alongside top notch players (many who are not English). The problem with any coach that comes in for England is that they are not bold enough to drop the likes of Gerard and Lampard. Great for club but have done nothing for country. He should have played Gerard and dropped Lampard for Joe Cole. Joe Cole is the most if not only creative player that England has. The fact that a player like Heskey is in the starting line up shows that England are lacking quality players. However, you have a player like Darren Bent who had a superb season but does not make the squad. Go figure. As for the disallowed goal of Lampard: Is it justice for 1966 or maybe it's an excuse for an over rated England team for the heavy defeat suffered. Either way, Glad England are out because they would not be deserving winners with the crap they played in SA.
Posted 08:31 28th June 2010
Yesterdays result was inevitable! The team got what they deserved for a very unimpressive World Cup performance.... I dont think getting rid of Capello is the answer, the FA keep replacing managers and the same result ensues... It is the players on the pitch at the end of the day who play the game and have failed to deliver yet again!! It is time to make some serious changes to the playing staff... The majority of them should be dropped (including the big names) and a new approach adopted by bringing in younger players that can gel and grow together AS A TEAM, which could provide better results in the long term. All those that are calling for Capello to be sacked or resign, think about it for a second, who out there has the pedigree and is available for the job? Redknapp or Hodgson? I dont think so, yes they are good experienced managers, but have either of them won at the highest level? No! Lets not forget during qualification, Capello was very successful and had the team qaulified with one game to go... So he has proved here he is perfectly capable... I think he is just as surprised and shocked at the dire performances put in by the players... So instead of calling for the head of another manager, lets look at the players and make them more accountable for what has happened...
Posted 08:30 28th June 2010
The problem with this team is outside the team - Pressure from home fans and most especially the press. Because you lay claim to inventing football does not mean you will have the best team in the world. England should realize that they don't have that much good players as the press make the team out to be. Tactics in football has never been the English way...... whether "Kick and follow" tactics will win the world cup? You be the judge. But please don't crucify Capello and the Whole team. Look inward, you just might be able to sort yourselves out. And please, Rooney !!!?? WHITE PELE??? what pressure on the young man. why do england players perform so well with other national players and yet they are so appalling together? please leave Capello and the whole team alone.
Posted 08:30 28th June 2010
Capello is a plonker...you just have to take one look at him and you'll think he's from a Austin Powers movie or perhaps a Pink Panther movie. Don't know who in their wisdom would want to employ this cartoon character???
Posted 06:27 28th June 2010
A lot of emails going around today about the choice of players, how we should have gone with Huddlestone, Adam Johnson etc, young creative players. For me the English game is right on the edge of falling off a cliff, if they don¿t halt the numbers of foreigners coming in its ruined, our kids are 2nd class citizens, people like Wenger as good as he is simply using Arsenal as a breeding ground for anything but English, the fact that these foreigners can command 100k a week then perform miracles for their countries says it all, I¿m sick of it , seriously I think the game is rotten to the core. I reckon clubs should be permitted 30-40% of all staff to be foreign max, English kids get programmed in ahead of foreigners, clubs receive bonus payments for playing English kids why not this would encourage the promotion of English players to first team status. I would offer the job to somebody like Harry Redknapp or Roy Hodgson, let them bring in whatever coaches they want, but we need Englishness to be the call of the day but the FA will do nothing because they haved no power. We know this is the problem and everytime we dont perform in the world cup we do nothing about just moan!
Posted 06:03 28th June 2010
As a non-Englishman it is very clear that you have too many great players niche but no hardworking or creative players. 11 captains can not play as a team. Look at holland, they will not play Robben, Van der Vaart and Sneijder at the same time because it'd be contradictory of each others' abilities and retarded, therefore Lampard and Gerrard should never have played at the same time. Crouch should've been played as a targetman with defoe (for pace) seeing as they worked well together all season rather than an injured rooney who played by himself all season and ran himself out. Out of every country participating you had probably the widest choice of players but still Capello couldn't look past picking big names to keep the big clubs fans happy rather than actual work-rate and will to play for the country. Classic case of big paycheck, big ego, massive expectations and no results for england.
Posted 04:48 28th June 2010
Two Points 1. I can't think of any multi billion pound industy where the very latest technological developments are not fully utilised - yes football is a sport but the stakes are incredibly high and will only get higher. 2.After the sacking of Steve McClaren the FA announced that there would be a "Root & Branch" investigation into what had gone wrong. Does anyone know what the outcome of this investigation was, and if so is the current setup a valid solution, because I don't believe it is.
Posted 04:19 28th June 2010
This is what I hate most. When are you guys going to realise that the English national team isnt half as good as the media make it out to be. And worse still, no lessons will be learnt. Next tournament, you guys will still put them as favorites, in the same bracket as Spain and Germany. What travesty?
Posted 04:19 28th June 2010
I can't see any progress was made between the Germany 2006 and now. Even many of those making comments haven't moved on - calling for an english manager!! Didn't you do this last time with Sven and look what happened - Steve McLaren!!! It is not the nationality but the philosphy that counts. Germany and Chile have shown the way - go for youth, hungry to achieve - not aging over hyped millionaires
Posted 04:11 28th June 2010
Face up to it you England supporters, you were humiliated by an average German team. Blaming the coaches and players denies the facts that unless you field a team with pride and energy of comparison to the Alf Ramsey team you will fall behind the USA and maybe Canada in the next world cup. To have called upon the services of Heskey and Callagher emphsisis the sorry state of english football.
Posted 03:50 28th June 2010
I dont think Fabio should resign or get sacked. The whole world cup tournament was woeful from an England point of view but yes he may of picked he wrong team but that 23 man team was supposibly the best 23 men that England have to offer, just because the team played bad doesn't mean that it was Fabios fault. He can't physically play and make a difference.
Posted 03:31 28th June 2010
From the first game, it was obvious we were very, very tired! Too much hard training after 60-70 hard games! It was NOT needed. Idiotic, and amateur move, Capello! Bad team selection to travel! No, repeat NO midfielders worth there salt! We had, by far, the absolute WORST passing stats in the tournament! So it was .... welly it forward.. Rooney will save us, and pray our back four could hold 'em! If Capello ever claims to be a world-class coach ever again, he should be thrown in jail! No width, no balance, no intensity... etc! Without players like Scholes, Bent, Johnson, Parker, O'Hara in the squad, and the "manager" lowering the performance bar, the outcome was inevitable! I'd feel a little better if Capello resigned and gave back his salary for the tournament! Other than all that, I'm enjoying the other games! England is DEFINITELY a second tier soccer nation these days!
Posted 03:31 28th June 2010
This World Cup was a year or two too late for the main body of the team, all of whom are 30'ish. With no industry in the centre of midfield, and a very much below par holding midfielder, there was no cover. England have no replacement for Owen Hargreaves, - Huddlestone, Barry, and Carrick too lumbering. Other teams have taken un-capped or slightly blooded players, and the young legs make such a difference at altitude. I don't blame Capello for the result with a disallowed goal, but do blame him for sending Adam Johnson, Scott Parker and Wolcott home, sticking with the over the hill gang. Plan B wasn't good enough. The disallowed goal made England lose their defensive posture, and Germany countered with Blitzkrieg speed. Why press so high with 30 minutes left? it's still 2-1!! John Terry played very poorly, and Upson was off the pace at the back, very disappointing.
Posted 03:17 28th June 2010
I had to go through the pain of watching South Korea AND England go out... I'm proud of Korea, not so proud of England... England need a coach who has more passion and experience than any other Englishman, and I don't think that will come from an Italian (or any other non-Englishman)...
Posted 02:46 28th June 2010
I cannot understand Cappelo keeping faith with the disinterested Rooney, I dont think he deserves an England place he was only there for the ride last night, and as for the carthorse Heskey he cant even get in his club side. Jon Pun Western Australia
Posted 02:37 28th June 2010
The players must take responsibility for the defeat against Germany. Fabio Capello is a top class manager with a proven track record and it simply boils down to the players who are technically inferior footballers compared to the continental european and south amercan sides. England's inability to keep possession for long periods in games has cost them and the likes of Rooney and lampard are a million miles away from being top clas players . With the exception of Stephen Gerrard England do not have any one who could be described as a world class player.
Posted 02:23 28th June 2010
Ha, ha, let the scapegoating begin!! You guys should read my comments to Jamie Rednapp idiotic and ridiculous statement that England would beat Germany. Why all the unbridled optimism? England are no better than Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Slovenia, South Africa in this WC though these nations didn't scarpe through to the 2nd round....need I continue? My advice: get an English coach. At least he will sink or swim with the nation. Capello is only bristling for his wallet and reputation sake. He couldn't care less taht England lost.
Posted 02:17 28th June 2010