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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Skysports.com's Alex Dunn offers his assessment of how each of England's squad performed.

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Comments (73)

Alastair Shanks says...

We have been telling you this for years. Your not as good as you think you are and the players started to believe what was being writen about them. The English media again set them up for the fall they write about them getting there and they destroy them when they dont. WHEN WILL YOU ALL LEARD TO KEEP QUIT. They had just been put out and the commentator was speaking about the next world cup having quilified I think not arraogance at the highest level.

Posted 08:24 29th June 2010

Daniel Walby (Chelsea fan) says...

Germany were much better than us, we would of got slaughtered by Argentina even if we had beat Germany, We needed to win our pathetic group and then would have probably lost to Ghana anyway...

Posted 08:18 29th June 2010

Peter Foster (Barnsley fan) says...

We take 4 strikers to the world cup, we score 3 goals in 4 games, against the minnows, Yet we have a striker who according to statistics has a better strike rate in england colours than Garry Linekar, who was special, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, oh ,and Wayne Rooney who has,nt scored for England since 2009. We sit him on the bench and give him 10 mins and 6 mins at the end of two qualifyers when he struggled to get a pass from his colleages, yet we send on Emile Heskey losing 4-1 against Germany,.His name PETER CROUCH. That is why Crapello has got to go. wot a joke hardly any sports person called for his inclusion . We got what we deserved

Posted 08:15 29th June 2010

Lokesh Khulbe (Chelsea fan) says...

Good Article ... One word which should sum England at the WC is PATHETIC! I never saw England play international games before the WC and i only heard that they were the next champions ... And then i saw them in the WC ... I would agree with some of the comments ... For me it was simple, Capello didnt allow his player to play freely he defined a role for all within the team which is good if u have players with limited abilities ... He should have given Rooney a free role coz he is that kind of a player ... i m sure everyone would agree the Maradona is not a great coach but he knows one thing that Messi would get him the WC and he gives him a free role .. look at the transformation from the Qualifers to the finals .... Capello was busy micro managing each one to the core, he just didnt allow the players the space to play as they perform at the club level .... I hope he goes and England gets some one who would believe in the players ability and can gel them well into a team ......

Posted 07:51 29th June 2010

Wayne Jones says...

When was the last time any England player actually picked the ball up in midfield and ran at a defender?what ever happened to dribbling the ball? the FA needs to get back to the basics,starting by hiring a coach who can teach simple passing and dribbling skills.The rest of the footballing world has left England in the Stone age,and the truth of the matter is, Beckenbauer was 100% correct about the English game.The FA has spent over 70 million pounds on foreign managers,why? 15 years later we have witnessed the worst England team ever at a world cup,,shame on you!.

Posted 03:58 29th June 2010

Pantai Wilson (Manchester United fan) says...

England lost becuase of the goalkeeping error in the first game. Had it not been for that, England would have topped the group, played Ghana and probably won and then meet Uruguay. Who knows, could have made it to the semi's.

Posted 03:38 29th June 2010

Les Perkins says...

Total lack of effort and headless chickens spring to mind Ive spent the season arguing with my son in law as to rooney you can put a plank in the box and it will score goals thanks to the quality and quantity of balls into the box as to gerrard i believe the phrase is bottled it as a professional midfielder he should get himself into the right positions and take the chances failed as for the defence johnston was unaware any germans on the flanks spent most of the time safely in englands box

Posted 23:53 28th June 2010

Bayo Ogunbufunmi (Liverpool fan) says...

They aren't AS good as we give them credit for but then again, we didn't give the german players much credit either. The only difference is that they came out and performed from day one. Is this to do with courage? Are the boys that scared that they tense up. I don't know but the squad was as it should have been. Walcott wasn't carrying great form and it was possibly too early for Adam Johnson. That squad contained the best players that England has to offer at the moment and I think the reality is that they do not measure up to the likes of Bobby Charlton or Bobby Moore who genuinely were world class. The Golden Generation was coined by the FA but sadly it was a burden that seems to have weighed these boys down for far too long.

Posted 23:48 28th June 2010

Debo Osi (Manchester United fan) says...

The golden generation...more like the wasted generation.

Posted 23:36 28th June 2010

Stevo .. (Celtic fan) says...

The way England were built up before and during the world cup was both dis-respectful and rediculous. The Premier League is only sucsesfull due to the talent of foreigner's, the english players that are playing arent good enough to be in the highest level possible. And the majority of U21 players playing is almost none. England is not a world class team, simple. Plus blaming a quality manager in Capello is wrong, just accept you arent as good as you first thought...

Posted 23:27 28th June 2010

Norman Chambers says...

One of the worst displays ever seen by a England team in the World Cup.Too many underperforming playes with big reputations.Very poor indeed

Posted 23:25 28th June 2010

Dwayne Young says...

John Terry is overated! Ferdinands injury exposes him. Theres a reason people like terry and its simple- he plays with heart and bravery (for club atleast) but having that doesnt substitute ACTUALY ABILITY rio's attributes are higher on every compartment, but due to his more laid back approach its not as well recieved. During the Jose years terry was not defensivley brill on his own but it was the way the team played- very protective (and he had makelele in front of him) but as soon as the tactics changed guess what more goals flooded in whilst king and rio have been playing in attacking teams for years. This article hit the nail on the head "He is what he is - an old fashioned centre-half who throws himself into every challenge with gusto but against the very best, without Ricardo Carvalho to mop up behind him, is too slow and cumbersome." Rio hasnt cost nearly 50 million quid in his career for no reason, its a shame he'll probably be a bit old to make next world cup squad and a real shame if terry does make it! In the Premiership its 1. Rio 2 Vidic 3 King simples... this is coming from a chelsea fan and oh yeah he should have kept his mouth closed gerrard was the captain not you!

Posted 22:25 28th June 2010

Dave P (Liverpool fan) says...

We seemed to be crying out for a 3-5-2 as a few people said. Cole and Johnson as wing backs...Terry, Carragher and Upson as CB's...this would of allowed Gerrard and Lampard to support the strikers from a central posistion with Barry holding (although Carrick would be a better option). Heskey is a striker who cant score goals. At the end of the day England need as many goal threats as possible and he is certainly not one. Crouch is far more skill full and 3 times the finisher, while still offering a presence upfront. His hold up play eclipses Heskey as does his goal record. He takes chances. Lennon and Wright-Phillips are the same player...small, fast and play with their heads down. Both have awful final delivery.

Posted 22:20 28th June 2010

Owen Evans (Arsenal fan) says...

Agree with most disagree with some. I have never believed in Capello as manager of England. You can't say his record isn't unbelievable, but i belive that he is a manager of the past. To rigid in his mindset and to stubborn to change! all the best teams have young talent mixed with vast experince. With have old players throughout the squad! I said from the start that we should be taking some younger players, look at the germans half their squad played U21 last year! we had one player (and our best of tournament) James Milner. We should have left James, Heskey, King, Carragher, SWP (doesn't play for CITY!) and taken Foster(3rd Choice), Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Scott Parker (not young but was better than Barry throughout the season) you dont need that many defenders!! we lacked pace and intelligence. Had no steel or passion in middle which Parker would have brought. My starting 11 = Hart, Johnson, Terry, Dawson( not best but pacey to cover terry) Cole, Walcott/Lennon, Lampard, Parker, Gerrard, Young, Rooney

Posted 22:16 28th June 2010

Gerry Newbury (Manchester United fan) says...

As an Englishman living in the US, I am so dissapointed in England's performance. They looked so tired but after a 38 game EPL season plus cups etc what can you expect. Choosing injured players and some way past their prime is nuts. We need an English or at least a British Coach who knows our strengths and formations. One who knows our players too. We have what it takes, break down the EPL season into quarters and ease into a preparation for the big tournaments. Finally please use wingers with speed and do not play players out of position, give them a chance and see then what happens.

Posted 22:09 28th June 2010

Darren Kennedy (Middlesbrough fan) says...

i appear lost for words but i will try and explain my feelings dismall display throughout the tournament no passion no hunger and certainly no class for international football. the entire team has let us the fans that are so passionate about our beloved team down so badly . each and every player should hang there head in shame

Posted 21:50 28th June 2010

Charlie Simmons says...

I will give you one name Arron Lennon. Like many of the players he was told how to play by Capello. and that was not the way he plays for Spurs. Glen Johson stifled the life out of one of Europes best wingers. This was Capello's tactics and it ran through the whole team. Dont do what you do best.Do what I tell you. I am sickened by what Capello did to rhese players. Forget about grading them just grade the stupid tactics

Posted 21:46 28th June 2010

Nick Archer says...

Capello should stay. After all, he resurrected a dispiritied collection from McClaren and ran a good qualifying campaign. He got some things wrong, but he will learn.; sadly, i don't think the players will. Overpaid and believing the hype about their ability - time to bring in a raft of new blood.

Posted 21:08 28th June 2010

Steve Penticost says...

I can't remember a time when I have read an article and 100% agree with it, excellent piece!!! - the team has no balance, the players don't seem to play together properly, we have no width and no-one is scared of us...there needs to be a clear out, we need fresh faces and players with skill, passion and bottle!

Posted 20:08 28th June 2010

David Johnson (sunderland fan ) says...

This is a result of taking injured and clubs non regular playing players to the world cup and expecting them to perform - barry,king,james,rooney,ferdinand,j.cole,heskey,carrick. We got what we deserved.......nothing

Posted 20:06 28th June 2010

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