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Wayne and blame

Wayne and blame

Wrong tactics, wrong subs, too much fear and woeful Wayne... Paul Merson takes apart England's draw.

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Peter Adams (Watford fan) says...

Just a quick comment in response to Ryan Camm (Arsenal fan) says... I think you got to go with 4-4-3 it would give good balance to the whole of the team???????????????? Posted 13:05 21st June 2010 Ryan i am sure if Capello or indeed any manager could get away with fielding 11 outfield players then they would and i agree it would definately give the team more balance and a huge advantage lol Typical Gooner :o)

Posted 14:06 22nd June 2010

Richard Dunlop (Wolfsburg fan) says...

i think if england play the way they did in the first two matches they should can their name to the Three Pussycats instead of the three Lions .very disappointing.

Posted 13:59 22nd June 2010

Colin Nowell (Manchester United fan) says...

rooney can only do his job if the pathetic midfield do theirs and get the ball forward quickly and not sideways or backwards it seems they can only pass the ball the way they are facing and they are not facing the opposition for most of the game making rooney come deeper and deeper for the ball.

Posted 13:58 22nd June 2010

Mark Chessman (Fulham fan) says...

will everyone on the stevie g legend band wagon pull their heads out their backsides for a mo and face facts ,hes been dump all season for liverpool and not much better for england.the last game england played well (croatia away) he didnt even play ,just handed in another england sick note. even after all this tho you ,still have to play him up top with rooney ,lardy and barry in the middle and the rest will pick itself .We need goals and unfortunatly heskey never has nor will be the supplier. Come on england!!!

Posted 22:51 21st June 2010

David Storey (Newcastle United fan) says...

England cannot play to thier potential in tournements.....Simple as that. Its got nothing to do with the formation, exact players on the pitch, long seasons etc. Its their state of mind. They have recently been playing teams whos players would not get into the premier league and most of them not even into the championship. They are the underdogs and have a mindset which allows them to play to thier potential. England will never get far in a tournament until this issue is resolved. Winning in 1966 was on home soil and so many teams have done that as it brings the best out of players. The most major part of their training should be with a sport shrink. Need I remind all about our failures in penalty shoot-outs....We would crumble for sure in this tournament if we got that far. The Germans on the other hand are masters at these..... They think differently. Maybe part of the problem is because we have a team of stars, we expect too much from them, especially in the press. I recall last world cup the german people saying they had the worst team for many years...and we all know what happened there. Our only hope now is we get some luck early in the next game and get a goal. This will open Slovinia and we will likely score again..........

Posted 22:06 21st June 2010

Ian Gallagher (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

I think Rooneys attitude has stunk during the last two England matches. If the manager wants to continue with 4-4-2 then he must use two forwards who know eachother (Defoe & Crouch) also bring in Joe Cole to balance the two sides up with lennon on the right with Gerrard/Lampard in the middle. Then the same back four except Dawson to replace Carrager.

Posted 20:47 21st June 2010

Rose Rose (Brentford fan) says...

I think most of the players in the England squad win major trophies , why bother with another one when they could be on a beach somewhere on a holiay which will probalby cost more that the average fan earns in 1 year. Pick some players who are hungry for victory from other top clubs I reckon you see an improvment on our pampered players out there. They should just come out and apologise to the fans, not Rooneys half hearted apology. I love England and always support them in all sport, but I hope they loose Wednesday , then I would not have to look at their sulky faces any more

Posted 18:16 21st June 2010

Tom Hallford (Coventry City fan) says...

If capello wants to stick to 442 I personally think he should drop heskey and woo shock horror Rooney and play Defoe and crouch. Why does everyone ride so much on Rooney, if any other player put the performance he had in the last two matches they would be dropped straight away and Heskey, well why is he even in the team. Come on sort it out.

Posted 16:59 21st June 2010

Youyou Youyou (Sunderland fan) says...

In theory , you are all expert in Football. Stop barking and give some Credit to ALGERIA who outplayed England. They played like Brazilians. England drew because Algeria were AWSOME. England were lucky to get a draw out of it. Stop barking !!!!!!!! VIVA ALGERIA

Posted 14:37 21st June 2010

Ryan Camm (Arsenal fan) says...

I think you got to go with 4-4-3 it would give good balance to the whole of the team. how can you put the best player by a mile on the leaft and play heskey.

Posted 13:05 21st June 2010

Brian Hamill (Celtic fan) says...

Does anyone else think that this World Cup may be proof that Wayne Rooney is not the world's elite calibre player he is so often promoted as? I have rarely seen an international forward perform so dreadfully for two games running against thoroughly mediocre opposition. Even if the service is not good and the team is not cohesive, a world-class forward should still be able to produce one slalom run or one incisive attempt on goal, at least. It's not as if he has been face with the Cannavaros and the Lucios so far, he hasn't. I see no evidence to suggest that Rooney is on par with guys like Messi and Ronaldo.

Posted 12:12 21st June 2010

Ian Smith (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Lets stop knocking the manager. This is supposed to be our "golden generation" and yet 2 managers with proven records for winning tropheys around europe (and the wally with the brolly) cant make them into a team. Lets be honest and admit that we have no world class players, just a couple of descent players in Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney. They have all listened to the hype of the media and think they are world class when they are anything but!! Please come home now and stop embarrasing us all.

Posted 11:47 21st June 2010

Terry Deegan (Derby County fan) says...

Don"t be a muppet..put yer money on Slovenia it"s the only way you will be a winner with England !!

Posted 11:20 21st June 2010

Chris Smith (Manchester City fan) says...

Only one good thing came from the result against algeria and that was post game when Capello let the players share a solitary beer and have a 'team' disscussion on what has been going wrong. Hopefully now they will become a team. I have no doubt Capello is a world class club manager and has bought a well needed level of discpline to England, but now, he needs to let them be a team, treat them like winners and play to their strengths. If he doesnt then another world cup wasted and I dont think you can entirely blame the players. If they are unhappy then they will not play well.

Posted 10:56 21st June 2010

Malcolm Nicholas (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

This World Cup is becoming a really open affair, with so many surprises. However, the most surprising thing about England is that, like France, we appear to be turning into the Netherlands team from Euro 96. The worst thing about Friday's game was that it looked like the England players didn't want to get involved. If Wayne Rooney is so brilliant why doesn't he do more for the team when things are going wrong? What has happened to Steve Gerrard? And what gives John Terry the right to do what he has done? Rooney plays well at Man Utd because he knows the ball will always come to him at some point or another. Steve Gerrard, as Captain, should be made to watch Beckham's performance against Greece in the final qualifying match in 2001, and his own in the 2005 Champion's Leagure Final. I would send John Terry home for being an agitator who still thinks he should be captain and team spokesperson. I might be biased but Tottenham owe a lot this season to Defoe, Crouch, Dawson and Lennon. When they're fit, they are good lads. Capello should allow them all a chance in this game. We have nothing to lose. Sir Bobby Robson gambled in 1986 and brought in Gary Lineker against Poland. In one spell he ripped Poland apart and scared them. They never recovered. England won 3-0. Nuff said...

Posted 10:29 21st June 2010

Jake Mayo (Chelsea fan) says...

Seems the whole country knows it and i also agree 4-5-1 is the only formation to go with. We must drop Heskey and bring in Joe Cole...!! Think its time we all bite the bullet and give the armband back to JT.We need his leadership on field which also frees Gerrard to concentrate on doing his stuff up front with Ronney. James-Cole- Terry (c) -Dawson-Johnson-Cole-Barry-Lampard-Gerrard-Lennon-Rooney.

Posted 10:22 21st June 2010

David Edgar (West Ham United fan) says...

The whole country sees it is 4-5-1 with Cole in and Gerard pushed forward so lets hope Capello knows that and this is why he blocked a clear the air meeting ie not necessary and possibly destructive. As to the lack of spirit it seems players have been bored and become tense. Rightly, nobody wanted the WAGS and all that goes with that but perhaps that backlash has gone too far the other way. Rooney's form is a mystery - frustration perhaps. I think he is carrying an injury and if so there will be no improvement possible and that is a hard fact. Better to drop him and play someone fit than live in hope and go out of the World Cup. Finally - Aaron Lennon get your finger out! You took Walcott's place now show us all what you can do instead of pussying around.

Posted 10:17 21st June 2010

Anthony Woodall (Birmingham City fan) says...

For once, I more or less completely agree with Merson on this. The team were absolutely atrocious on Friday. As was said, the worst performance I've ever seen from England. There's no point getting on the players backs now but the fans after the game had every right to boo them off the pitch and I hope Rooney does as he should and apologises for his little tantrum at the end of the game. Capello needs to play 4-5-1 now, as so much is riding on one game. Not just our progression to the knock-out stages but the players belief that they can do it. With Joe Cole on the left, Aaron Lennon on the right, Barry holding, Lampard and Gerrard bombing forward from central MF and Rooney up top I don't think there is a team in the tournament that wouldn't fear us. Come on Capello, you've got one more roll of the dice! If England went out playing this way and giving it a good go I could handle it, but to go out without ever playing our strongest team would be heart-breaking.

Posted 09:51 21st June 2010

Matthew Baker (Southampton fan) says...

I totally agree with Paul's comments and in particular the shape of the team. I find it strange that Joe Cole has not had anytime on the pitch based on the problems we have faced during the last 2 games. I also find it dissapointing that Capello has not been prepared to change the shape during the games (these type of decisions identify the great managers and the avareage managers) I would change the formation of the team to 4-5-1 with Rooney up front, Gerrard sat behind him and Joe Cole on the left. However I would not officially name the team too early. I would let the player know well in advance but why let the opposition know. I am still confident that we will qualify as winners of the group. If we can put in a good performance and score 2 or 3 goals in our last group game it will give the team the confidence they are lacking and the support they so desperately need. Once in the knock out stages its a totally different game and beleive me no country will want to meet England, our defence is pretty solid and we all know the capabilities of our attack when playing well. We are still very much in this tournement, the team just need to beleive in themselves and the supporters need to beleive in their team.

Posted 09:10 21st June 2010

Geoff Wright (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

True we were awful but let's remember we are not the only Country struggling..In my opinion the whole thing comes down to a distinct lack of passion pulling on the white shirt,not ability.. We lack an Ince, Butcher or Robson kind of player..The nearest we have to that is Michael Dawson..The passion,committment and desire he shows week in week out is what is needed..Play him, Joe Cole & Defoe..We need a spark & some passion and hunger. How can we continue to play Heskey just to suit Rooney ??..We need to score GOALS.. Let's get behind the team and hopefully Wednesday will see us qualify for the last 16 & after that you never know..

Posted 09:06 21st June 2010

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