Sunday, June 27, 2010

Surrender

Not a lot to say, really (although I'm sure I'll manage). England may have been beaten by a team that, on paper, were worse than us; but on the day, the Germans showed us why they achieve and we don't.
During the game, Guy Mowbry (no Motty) asked how many of the Germans would get into the England team. Well, Philip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose, would be shoo-ins, four or five others would make some of our under-performers squirm and fret about their international futures. Which, I believe is exactly what our so-called Golden Generation needs to do now.
England are clearly not going forward and rather than suffer any more ignominy, surely its time to bring a new generation of players into the squad; leaving just a handful of those who went to South Africa.
When England turn out for the friendly in August; regardless of whether Capello is still in charge; there should only be a select few who remain. Joe Hart should be promoted to England #1, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson should remain, as should Michael Dawson, the future of England's central defence. James Milner, Aaron Lennon, Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe should all be there - the rest will be too old to play in the next World Cup. Some of them - Gerard, Terry, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick might feel they have Euro 2012 in them, but, seriously only one of these should be considered and he'd retire if he had any shred of conscience.
Players such as Theo Walcott deserve to be considered, but not until they start to achieve something again for their clubs; but that might be my belief that there are two or three better players than him in his position.
This means the following list of players should be considered for the new season:
Ashley Young, Keiron Gibbs, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Nathan Delfounso, Fabien Delph, Liam Ridgewell, Gary Cahill, Jack Wilshire, Jack Rodwell, Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jagielka, Dan Gosling, Micah Richards, Michael Johnson, Adam Johnson, Lee Catermole, Tom Huddlestone, Kyle Walker and any Englishman that shows talent between now and the start of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. It's time to build a new team; one that works together, rather than in their own interests.
I'd rather see a team that wants to win for their country than just have the supposed 11 most talented footballer in the country put on a pitch with the hope that they'll play well in unfamiliar positions or in a formation that doesn't suit the way they play their football week in week out.
Today's humiliation needs to be treated like a major lesson, one we have to learn from or we're likely to become even more of a joke. We really are the only people on the planet who think our football team deserves to be in the elite.
For the sake of 5 minutes; this is the team I'd like to see face whoever the lucky team is for the friendly at the start of next season:
Hart, A.Cole, G.Johnson, Dawson, Jagielka, Lennon, A. Johnson, Milner, Huddlestone, Rooney and Defoe. On the bench: Green, Cahill, Richards, Rodwell, Gosling, Sturridge, Wilshire and young Connor Wickham, who I expect will be playing in the top flight sooner rather than later.
I also want to see players like Joshua McEachran, Benik Afobe, Robert Hall and John Bostick all be brought into England training camps, along with other young players with future potential. They need to experience the future first hand.
It's time to build a team for the future, not build a team round consistent failure.
That is all.

2 comments:

  1. The end of the turgid cabbage kicking for another two to four years. I sort of felt how I assume one of Harold Shipman's octogenarian victims felt immediately after he'd administered a lethal syringe full of morphine into their translucent veins and released them from this seemingly unending horror.

    We should get shot of James David, Terry John, Gerrard Steven, Barry Gareth, Philip Shaun-Wrights, Lennon Aaron and essentially any players with interchangeable christian and surnames.

    But hey ho, that's footie for ya. Roll on the Euros.

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  2. The end of the turgid cabbage kicking for another two to four years. I sort of felt how I assume one of Harold Shipman's octogenarian victims felt immediately after he'd administered a lethal syringe full of morphine into their translucent veins and released them from this seemingly unending horror.

    We should get shot of James David, Terry John, Gerrard Steven, Barry Gareth, Philip Shaun-Wrights, Lennon Aaron and essentially any players with interchangeable christian and surnames.

    But hey ho, that's footie for ya. Roll on the Euros.

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