Wrong tactics, wrong subs, too much fear and woeful Wayne... Paul Merson takes apart England's draw.Back to story
The analysis on the Beeb and ITV is shocking.Full of yes men and former players with tunnel vision.The general consensus by our far superior panel of analysts is that the reason Capello is using a big man up front is to by-pass a midfield he thinks is just not up to the job of controlling a game at this level.How often did Gerard or Lampard drop to recieve the ball from the back 4 against USA,thus playing heads up football on the front foot.Foreign players are doing the job at club level in the premiership,hence,wen it comes to the international scene it does not come naturally to English midfielders.Keane at Man Utd in his day,Arteta,Petrov,Ballack,Fabergas.See a trend developing?? Xavi for Spain,Kaka,Sneijder,Deco,even Veron.Also,Gerard and Lampard have specific roles with their clubs,which they carry out very well.However,both players roles almost overlap each other when in the same team,and Capello has not addressed this,hence the lack of of control and leadership in midfield.1 has to be left out for the benefit of the team,and that is all that matters...the team. Can it be turned around? Possibly,but unlikely.With tournaments like the world cup,you gather momentum and grow as a team as it progresses.Unfortunatley for the English,they have regressed in such a short space of time,it makes it nigh on impossible to recover.Better English squads than this one have hit the ground running at previous tournaments and still struggled.The present squad with 3 possibly 4 international class,and 2 world class players are running,but with time not on their side,they are running on empty.
Posted 23:18 20th June 2010
DROP THE 4-4-2! Where have I heard that before, Mike Bassett, England Manager? Haha
Posted 23:03 20th June 2010
A lot is being said about Capello, but even a Sunday league player knows when the team are playing poorly and will try to improve performance. Not so, England. For them the passion seemed to have gone. No rallying call from the Captain. None, for that matter, from anyone in an England shirt. Capello may have been wrong in selecting Wright-Phillips instead of Cole. Heskey was tried and failed to deliver what was required of him. He's not first choice for his club, so dropping him would not have been catastrophic for his morale. Cole on the left, 4-2-3-1 as a formation AND Dawson not Upson at centre-back, he's the form player. At this stage James to stay in goal, but Hart should have been in from the start. Again, the form player. Conspiracy theorists might figure that Capello is resigned to resigning in order to get himself a lucrative club role again, I don't subscribe. Capello will come good, as will England. The goal has to be a Final place. That'll shut us up.
Posted 22:42 20th June 2010
How much pressure would poor Joe Cole have on his shoulders when he plays on Weds?? Fly out Coleen NOW!! The lads need some jiggy jiggy Fabio!!
Posted 22:25 20th June 2010
its all a plan .. Qualify from the group stages by the skin of our teeth, make the whole world think that it isn't are time and that are team is full of overated players with no passion .. then come the knockout stages .. We Absalutely Smash It And Win The Competition!! Its All Mind Games!! Put Your oney On England Now, Best Odds!!
Posted 22:09 20th June 2010
drop rooney because is not playing well.
Posted 22:01 20th June 2010
I've got to agree with Paul's assessment, it was dire. Rooney didn't look fit or up for it and his comments at the end, especially the swearing that wasn't broadcast were out of order. Does Capello have it in him to take Rooney off if he's not doing the buisiness? I don't think so. I'm a Scot but will always support a UK team and I have passion for the game but sadly I saw very little English spirit or passion in the match and that for me was the worst thing about the performance. Bring back Cole on the left and drop Heskey, switch to a 4-5-1 put Carrick in for Lampard. Barry's tackling and Carrick's passing would be a better combination. Gerrard needs to play off Rooney to get the best from him and we need more width, better crossing to create more chances.
Posted 21:11 20th June 2010
I think England needs to start peter crouch and jermain Defoe upfront against Slovenia and we need a left midfielder like joe cole he needs to start if not its a 0.0 match and we be out of the world cup ! COME ON ENGLAND ITS TIME TO FACE THE IMMORTALS !
Posted 20:22 20th June 2010
I think it was Kevin Keegan who said 'it's not rocket science'. Clearly the shape of the team is wrong! Why can't Capello see it? Fergie played 4-5-1 most of the season at Man United and Rooney was outstanding up front, plus that system would suit our best players in the squad. Nearly every English fan will be screaming out to play 4-5-1 bringing in Joe Cole on the Left and leaving out Heskey who will never score the goals we need to win games. That is how we should have started the tournament and how we should play when we get through!!! For the next match we need to win so Joe Cole and either Peter Crouch or Jermain Defoe need to start. Aslo for this match only I'd be tempted to play Gerrard down the right because Lennon's delivery has not been good enough and Gerrard provides real quality when he crosses the ball. When we get through we can play him in his best and most influential position through the middle with Lampard and Barry. We are good enough to beat anybody, we just have to show it!!!!
Posted 19:45 20th June 2010
On the coverage here in ireland Graham Souness has been giving his views after each match. He thinks the problem lies with the way england have trained in the weeks leading up to world cup. Says other teams (eg USA) didnt do high altitude training like england and havent played so bad. He thinks that they are drained and was talking about how it effected him in Mexico when playing for Scotland. Says he doesnt like they'll be much fitter by wed either. He is convinced this is the problem, so blame whoever organised training!! A different view, but may be some truth in it?
Posted 19:12 20th June 2010
i thinnk rooneys outburst the other night was justifed, english fans expect too much from the team and put far too much pressure on rooney! yet when things go wrong he's first to get stick, saying hes not working hadr enough where as his form is more due to lack of service, he's a world class footballer along with gerrard and lamps yet england insist on lumping the ball forward to heskey? the squad has the capablity to play some good football but first need to drop heskey. as for rooney if he keeps getting stick from pundits, media and fans then don't be surprised if he retires from international football altogether! and he'll have the backing of fergie too....
Posted 19:03 20th June 2010
I dont agree with the criticism on Capello or Rooney. Somewhere inside I have the belief that this is all part of Capello's masterplan. Something like what happened to Beckham when he said he was going to US from Real Madrid. Real went and won the league after all the turmoil. Rooney needs a goal and he's on fire again. Simple as that. He has become very frustrated with the supply to him and that showed towards the end of the match. Who is giving him the ball in any advantageous position and saying now do something. He has nt got it. Somebody needs to take control in midfield. I think its wrong to start the blame game and emphasising players weaknesses. The simple fact is that the team has done it before and every player in that squad is good enough to play.
Posted 19:00 20th June 2010
i tink walcott must hav been included.. lennon was injured from december and he played onli the last 2 games of the season.. wright philips always used to come as a sub for adam johnson.. so selecting philips and lennon ahead of walcott who was atleast playing regularly and adam johnson was not good...
Posted 18:45 20th June 2010
Most of you are saying England didn't play well. I agree with you but not for the same reasons. The main reason is that Algeria was much better, they were playing nicely: short passes, lots of one-two, excellent controls, excellent defense (much better than England), they controlled the game. England is lucky that Algeria didn't have two strikers. Let me tell you, I bet Capello was in fact, happy with the result. In the end, you could see how scared he was, he felt that Algerian could have scored. For Rooney, well, he got Magic in front of him... ;)
Posted 18:45 20th June 2010
I think this new Jabulani football that is being used for the world cup is the source of a lot of problems. it almost seems like a ping pong ball ! it seems too light, bounces too high and players seem to be struggling to control it. and I think it is causing confidence issues with the players. maybe thats why there has been so few goals and certainly why there has been so few quality goals and so few pure strikes and so few powerful strikes. does anyone else think this ??
Posted 18:40 20th June 2010
Remove the Foreign players out of the EPL, There are far too many egos within the team all for the money no passion what so ever. Put a championship side in the world cup and we would win it, the championship shows more passion then the national team now. The FA should do something about it NOW, before the new season starts.
Posted 18:34 20th June 2010
Why is everyone suggesting a 4-5-1 system? England have great attacking full backs, that should be used as wing backs - why do we need wide midfielders/wingers as well?? Although 4-5-1 can be considered 4-3-3, why not just go all out and say "right lads, it's 4-3-3" - it's much more positive! 4-5-1 can only give the frame of mind of a poor defensive team - and that's how we played the last match! Play a narrow 3 through the middle, we have the players for those roles, keep it tight and play triangles - if you can't dribble - pass and move, but stay close together! Play an attacking 3 up front. Yes, use the width of course - but Joe Cole and Lennon/Wright-Phillips or Milner can play as winger/strikers in a 4-3-3. In the 4-3-3 system - if the wing backs are attacking, the 3 strikers need to be in the box for the cross/pass - if the wing backs are not up - use the width from the front men, it's pretty simple. My starting Xl would be as an attack minded 4-3-3, with a narrow 3 down the middle, as AC Milan used to do. I know it would have helped, had they tried this before! Think positive lads, you are far better than you have showed in this tournament! James, Ashley Cole, Upson, Terry, Johnson, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard, Joe Cole, Rooney, Milner.
Posted 18:32 20th June 2010
Right, lets not pussyfoot around any longer. Give the captaincy back to JT.Gerrard is just not up to the job, take the responsibility away from him and let him play his natural game. Terry led Chelsea to the double last season in a team that included Essien, Ballack and Drogba, all captains of their respective countries. They respect him without questioning him; Gerrard is the main man in the Liverpool team by a country mile and has nobody but himself to answer to. So, JT captain, Gerrard in his Liverpool role, Joe Cole, disgracefully ignored by Capello, in for the abysmal Heskey, Dawson in for Carragher. Simple game really, isnt it?
Posted 18:23 20th June 2010
to be honest you must give credit to algeria, algeria showed for whom created football how to play football, easy short passes good defence they controlled the centre half all the time, especially bouguerra put rooney in his pocket, never underestimate algerians they where much better side on the pitch algerian players didnt give the english players time to breath there was no rooneys (who said it will be an easy win well in ur dreams) no lampards no gerrards they just couldn't deal whith much focused and determined algerians, i think england got with it this time cos they really deserved to lose, this is african world cup remember and it was a very good lesson for evryone hope it will help england to win the world cup. Algeria Tamed the 3 Lions
Posted 18:08 20th June 2010
Comments such as "An easy passage to the semis" "It's only Algeria" "1966" "England, Algeria, Slovenia, Yanks" to spell easy, "We are going to win it and bring football HOME" these are the reasons why England wont win anything and the reasons why every other home nation wants you to lose. Sorry but it's the truth.
Posted 17:59 20th June 2010