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Have to say that my immediate thought was that of absolute embarassment, Germany taught England a lesson today, thats hard to take. People are laying the blame at Capello, some of which is right but the players were as a collective group absolutely shambolic. The squad which Capello chose although unsurprising in terms of personel lacked balance, by all acounts Adam Johnson had a fantastic pre tournament training but was still left at home, he would have given us so much more balance and allowed gerrard to be moved inside. Barry is like a crab, yes he can tackle but world class holding players can do that as well as pace and move with pace, he was shown up during Germany's third goal. Throughout the whole team England suffered from lack of pace and technical ability, the back four of ok with balls coming onto them but anything behind them causes problems. Rooney was blatently off the pace and after his reaction to the fans should not have started games. 2 years to the next Euro's, and the squad must be changed for these, start Hart in goal and blood him for the next 10 years, johnson is a good attacking full back, as is A. Cole, the centre halfs are the area in defence that need work. Midfield wise, playing 5 would allow shape to be held whilst also playing a midfield anchor (tom huddlestone?), whilst allowing ball playing midfielders to link attack and defence and feed Rooney with a free-er role. Johnson on the left and hopefully with more years of Harry Redknapp Lennon on the right. Foreign teams always teach us a lesson because they play with spirit and with pace, power and purpose. Lessons need to be learned.
Posted 21:23 27th June 2010
I agree with a number of comments here mainly, 1 root and branch reform of the FA 2. PL needs to be sorted out too much reliance on foreign players 3. Clubs have too much say. England has to take priority. Cricket had to do it.. 4. Techo needs to be introduce. Platter to resign or die what ever 5. Massive investment in coaching and bringing young players on with clubs being limited in how many foreign players they take 6. Fans need to stop expecting England to win every tournament until the above is sorted. It will take 10 years.
Posted 21:11 27th June 2010
Funny how the back stabbers are out now!!!did anyone honestly think england would beat the germans?everyone cried out for gareth barry haha whata joke, then rooney the main man lol couldnt string a pass between them, we , england are years behind , even ghana and mexico are well ahead of us. england will never win the world cup aslong as i have a hole in my backside,only 1 player tried and was committed.....ashley cole,the rest want to hang their heads in shame, overpaid, over rated, said it all along. pathetic,my country iam ashamed..........
Posted 21:08 27th June 2010
It's a sad, sad day for English football. Today we realised that our English boys are nothing without the world class foreign talent they have around them at their respected clubs. Today we realised that without the FA hiring a winner and not just a manager with a reputation, then I believe 66 might be the last time the trophy comes home. No passion, no spark, no real will to win, England were hammered by a more youthful, passionate, highly quality German side. Today, I felt lost for words with the lack of creation, understanding and dose of realisation that the England national side has become a second rate team. The FA's headache is now who do they hire?? Big Sam??? What has he won?? Nothing of any significance. I believe what England need is a winner, a Mourinho, who will not hesitate to leave the reputational players at home and bring the players that want it most.
Posted 21:08 27th June 2010
Bottled it again, why do we always believe, we will never win a major tournament cos we dont have it mentally end of.
Posted 21:05 27th June 2010
Letīs be honest , any manager would be stretched to win anything with this lot of players. How many of the England team would get into the Spanish team?, maybe Cashley Cole but only because the Spanish nš 3 is the weakest player in the team. How many in the Argentinian, Brazilian or German team ?very very few. Every time the World Cup comes along everyone sees the England team through rose coloured spectacles. Because of all the foreigners playing in the Premiership young English talent does nīt get to play games at the top level. Players lacking basic technique who do make it are made out to be world beaters when at best they are just ordinary. The present manager is not blameless for this fiasco, how any international manager can pick Heskey , to me, is beyond belief. The man is a carthorse, he is selling plate class not thoroughbred class which we need. Why was nīt Crouch played more? the guyīs scoring record is second to none, certainly a lot better than Heskeyīs 8 goals in 60 internationals. The defence was a shambles, Terry is too old, too slow , perhaps his best work now is in bed, it certainly is nīt in an England shirt.Rooney better than Messi or Ronaldo what a joke , did the guy build up a sweat ? I do nīt think so,perhaps he was missing his other half, he certainly was nīt concentrating on football.. Garrard and Lampard together does nīt work and never will. Should Capello go? I think so, bring in Hodgson or Martin OīNeil. Foreign managers for the England team does nīt work. No idea why it does nīt work, it just does nīt. A very sad day, totally predictable anyone who thought we could win the World Cup should seek medical treatment , to win there must be some world class players in it,,in this respect England has no one.
Posted 20:58 27th June 2010
Time for him to go. Simple things such as playing players in their best position were not done. He like many before have selected the best 11 players rather than the best TEAM. No left side, Gerrard out of position and Rooney as a deep laying striker after scoring 35 goals as the main front man for utd. Why not build around this. What has Joe Cole done to upset him - he was the only player prepared to run at them when he came on. I feel that we need an englishman in charge - someone who doesnt just look at the best players but the best TEAM and system. Maybe we need someone who is going to drop Lampard or Gerrard for the sake of the TEAM rather than playing round pegs in square holes.
Posted 20:58 27th June 2010
As usual, you all believed the hype that the English media create before every major tournament. Face facts, you were playing with the same team that failed to qualify for the euro's and had a weak qualifying group for the world cup yet with the same bunch of over-rated primadonnas, the press fooled you all into thinking that it's your time. Blame the ref, blame the manager if you like, it wont change the fact that the players simply are not good enough.
Posted 20:57 27th June 2010
What England needs is a manager that knows the English game. Capello (whilst being a very good coach, his record proves that) does not know the English game. Therefore his strategies and style does not suit the English players. We also need a manager that chooses the team before the names and fields players in their natural positions. He has the balls to drop the big names instead of picking the names and trying to make the team suit the names. If that means dropping either Lampard or Gerrard? So be it. I'm sorry, but fielding 4 central midfielders is absolutely stupid. How often do we see Premiership teams trying to open the opposition up through the middle? That's European style football. The English players are Premiership players. The England team needs to play like a Premiership team. Simple.
Posted 20:55 27th June 2010
All of these comments are crazy! I am a massive England fan, and know that Capello has done as fantastic job since taking over. Simply put, England proved that they are not good enough. If this is because the Premier League has let them down (although I don't know how) fair enoughl but it certainly isn't the coach's! We have to realise that England are not good enough, and that's it! Discussions such as needing an English coach just smack of xenophobia, and are an embarassement to every true English fan. Gerrard, Lampard etc have shown they are not good enough at the highest level, and Chelsea/ Liverpool need to understand that their players are not good enough to win international titles. I just hope Mr. Capello stays in charge for the Euros!!! (Ron Print: are you OK? I'd manage the team better than Fat Sam!)
Posted 20:52 27th June 2010
Capello is a good manager..... We should not get rid of him...He controls the players unlike sven and mclaren and i believe he demends respect from the players........... We cant blame Capello for today, On paper we should be up there with the brazil's the spains etc etc etc...But we cant play as a team.... England are just too overrated.... The defence was a joke all through the tornament, I didnt see any pride or any great deal of effort!! Let players who give a s**t play....
Posted 20:52 27th June 2010
You've got to keep Capello, what good is it getting rid of him. If we bring somebody new in now then the players are going to have to adapt to new rules and they will have to start from scratch again. Anyway it's not Capello's fault, the players are the ones who under performed. Give him time and I'm sure we'll improve. Anyway I didn't hear anyone asking for him to be sacked when we was in qualification for the World Cup because we was winning then. Oh we got beat to germany, so, we wouldn't have won the World Cup anyway so it doesn't matter.
Posted 20:50 27th June 2010
The key attributes of any football manager are tactice and man management. Capello is clueless on both counts. He plays out of form players in the wrong positions. His disciplinarian methods suffocate the players' enthusiasm and, on top of it all, he can't even learn the language so how can he communicate. Ģ6 million would be a small price to see him on his way. For the European Cu,p we must appoint an English manager and select a squad of young players, all under 25. The current squad are over the hill.
Posted 20:50 27th June 2010
When Fabio took the captains armband from Terry that's (i think) when all the problems started and England went down hill from then. You cant replace your captain 5 months before a major tournement having just finished a successfull qualifying group and expect everything to be fine! Doesnt get any better when you have a stubborn manager who doesnt play certain players in there favour'd positions and expect them to do well. Am 20 years of age and i could see that every game we played in the world cup we was out-numbered in midfield, Fabio is 60+ and is surpose to be the experienced manager and gets payed 6million and he couldn't see this? What also annoyed me about this game today was when we went 4-1 down Fabio brings on (3 goals a season) Heskey for Defoe?? What a JOKE! Fabio needs to go and get any English manager in who can get us playing the english way please!
Posted 20:49 27th June 2010
Why is it always the manager that gets the blame,only five days ago things were completely different England won 1-0 and everyones happy we're through.Today a number of players again didn't turn up as with the US game and Algeria. These highly paid players not only let the fans down but also themselves. This was a last attempt for some of these boys and they blew it. Weeks b4 the tournament a number of players were in the tabloids with scandals which must have upset the applecart. The manager didn't do that ! Every night we see too many players that were recorded for the James Cordan show instead of keeping their heads down and focusing on the tournament. Rooneys programme street stiker on sky detracts from his abilities, theres plenty of time to make these when he's retired he'll still be an icon. I doubt the germans went to such lenghts in a world cup year. Except the fact the players were at fault and not Fabio.
Posted 20:48 27th June 2010
The players individualy are allinternational class the problem is findig a manager who can create an unbeatable team with 11 individuals. As many posts point out all the players are outstanding for their clubs but are found wanting at international level, and Capello HAS to take the blame for this. Whether its the combination of players he is picking or the tactics he employs he can and should be responsible for the way we play and the end result. Otherwise forget the role of coach and manager and let the team pick itself and go out and do its best. Obviously not feasable. Capello out. Bring in Mourino, that said success at club level does not guarantee any success at international level. The EPL has to take some blame too, with more than 50% of first team players hailing from abroad. That is probably the single biggest difference between 1966 and 2010. Don't see it getting any better am afraid, I can see USA wining a world cup before we do again.
Posted 20:47 27th June 2010
Fabio got it wrong woefully wrong. England do have a lot of talented players. They've just got to be picked (eg Walcott) and played in the right positions (eg Gerrard) and also with the style of play that brings out the best in them. No team can win all matches but playing to their full potential is a must . The players do have passion and desperately want to win for England but they need a coach who can coax the best out of them., That's the coaches job. I was supporting Capello to keep his job until the spectacle of replacing Defoe with Heskey and then with 5 minutes to go bringing on SWP. WTF ? We could have gun out with all guns blazing, Past English managers Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren? Nuff said about whether its English Manager that will bring automatic success. Having said that, the Manager must have an appreciation of the stengths of the English game and its best players and best system. That way, win lose or draw, it will not leave such a bitter taste in the mouth as to what could have been. Many of you are unrealistic about the modern game: Many teams in the world have improved... see what happened with Italy, France not being able to get out of groups they would have had no problems with in the past? Greece winning the European Championships?.. all unthinkable a decade or two ago. Harping on about how good our players are one minute and then how rubbish they are the next minute when they lose. Its called Fickleness. And it is being nurtured by the media. The "goal that wasn't a goal" was criminal. It really could have made a difference to go into 2nd half on par with Germany. Rebuild: Start with Joe Hart and then the other talented youngsters. Stuart Pearce has been working with quite a few of them in his U21s. Come to think of it, why not Pearce. Bags of all the right experience. Out: Heskey, Upson, Terry, Green, James. Rooney IS over-rated!
Posted 20:44 27th June 2010
I think it purely comes down to a communication break down. Fabio tried to play the game his way, but that is not the English way. Why bother if we can't play in our own style?
Posted 20:43 27th June 2010
as an England fan i was disappointed at the result , but to be honest i half expected the final outcome , its an honour to pull on an England shirt .and to do the best you can for your country but our lads didn't seem to have the heart right from the first game of the world cup., its time to rebuild our squad with new lions,and the only winner from this world cup is Capello, who will probably get a massive pay off to go .
Posted 19:21 27th June 2010
FABIO OUT! I don't blame the players here. what do you expect from the players, they play year in year out at the English premiere league pace and here comes Mr. Fab and makes them play at the agonizingly slow Italian football pace. Where was the physical aspect in the game? where was the counter attacking? where was the quick movement of the player? For once the FA needs to bring in an attacking coach who would make the English team play at the pace they play in the premiere league!!
Posted 19:20 27th June 2010