Ed Chamberlin blames a lack of smiles for England's failure - and gives his tips for the quarter-finals.Back to story
Much has been said about the fact that the more successful countries to date in the WC, appear to be playing with a great deal of freedom and expression that is also reflected in their pre match training etc. and there is a lot to support this argument. On the other hand and even at the qualifying stages, England always appeared to be playing as though they were afraid to make a singl mistake. The last time that England played with any style and expression was under Terry Venables and I include an away 4 - 1 trouncing of Holland. Venables was developing a really good squad and without exception all of the players loved to play for him while at the same time, he had always been the peoples choice rather than the FA's. Coming to the end of his contract he had the temerity to ask the FA for clarification as to his future as he had recevieved a number of huge offers both home and abroad. Naturally the FA always having the future of our national game as well as the fans at heart, SACKED HIM !!!!!!!! And we wonder why the English game at every level continues to luch from one disaster to another. There is a call to appoint 'real football' people at the FA. Unfortunately therin and if correct lies a major problem. The FA appoint their own members so I really cannot see this ever happening. After all and over the years Cloughie was a superb man manger, Malcolm Allison a brilliant and inventive coach, Tony Carr and Dario Gradi have continued to produce a bev of top class players for their respective clubs so what do they each have in common ? They were NEVER considered for a top England job !!!!!
Posted 19:23 2nd July 2010
Boss has to go hes only in it for the money he did not care how far England went in world cup as long as he got payed. why dident he stop both of Englands central defenders from pushing forward so much in the 65minute and handing the game to Germany why were both central defenders in germany box as frank Lampard took direct free kick at goal there was no point in them being there the germans were licking there lips at England tactics and they got destroyed on the break,if a armchair fan can see this how come top England manager cannot?
Posted 00:15 2nd July 2010
I would like to make a comment about England football team. James in goal, defence Johnson, King, Terry, A.Cole, Midfielders on the right there is a choice, wright-phillips, lennon, walcott, beckham. Beckham when fit is first choice for me. Central midfield would be barry, and hargreaves/scholes. I would use lampard possibly for the qualifiers but not in a major tournament. He has plaed two world cups and not scored one goal. I would rather have hargreaves or scholes out retirement in there. Left midfield would be ashley young. I was thinking in the world cup why he was not there. I do not think he was even in the original squad of 30 players. Up front I would use gerrard in behind rooney.
Posted 21:52 30th June 2010
Capello needs to go, We need an English manager, The Under 21s should now become the national team. We should line up friendlies to assess the potential of our young players and work/coach them for the Euro games in 2012. and into the next world cup.If players dont represent the country just for the money lets put them on performance related pay when representing the country. Any of those who went to South Africa should have no automatic selection irrespective of status.
Posted 20:04 30th June 2010