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England Crash and Burn

July 1, 2010

I have resisted the urge to blog about the dismal performance of England at the 2010 world cup – but heres my two pence worth… for what its worth.

England Down And Out

England Down And Out

The England team I saw lacked spark, imagination and pace – against all of the teams that they played I would not rate any of their defenders as the best in the world, at least not any better than what most of the players play against week in week out in the English premiership, yet they were unable to break through and create any real chances. There was a real lack of quality crosses into the box and what appeared to be an unwillingness to beat the defenders.

Thomas Mueller, the German who scored two goals against England, said;

“It is difficult to have so many ‘alpha males’ and have them row in the same direction,”
“You don’t only need chiefs, you also need a few Indians. You need people who are willing to do the hard work.”
“It may be a problem with England that players are simply not mentally prepared to go that extra mile for their team-mates.”

I think that its unfair to single out any individual player as there were many who had bad tournaments Rooney, Heskey, Terry, Barry and of course Capello.

I can only tell of the agonising disappointment I felt I watched at my local sports bar/pub, The Westlake Arms in the southern suburbs of Cape Town with my wife and friends around me as we went down 4-1. Above all the team seemed to lack passion – which is what made it even worse!

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World Cup Injuries – 6 days to go

June 4, 2010

The casualty list is growing and the World Cup has not even begun!

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has potentially fractured his elbow and now there is a very real chance he may not take part in the world cup. The Chelsea striker, and Captain for the Ivory Coast, picked up the injury 16 minutes into his side’s 2-0 friendly win over Japan after clashing with defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka.

But Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said there was still a chance Drogba could feature in South Africa.

“We are not sure yet, we think it’s still a possibility,” he said. “It’s an elbow injury. How bad it is, I don’t know. He had a lot of pain. Of course I’m worried. He’s captain and one of the world’s best players.”

England captain Rio Ferdinand is out of the World Cup after a strong challenge with striker Emile Heskey during Friday’s first training session. He was rushed to hospital where he had a scan and was seen later on crutches as he left!

Rio Ferdinand

If Ferdinand is ruled out of the world cup then Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will step into the captain’s role to lead the English side out.

Fabio Capello, the English manager said “The bad news is in the last moment of the training, Rio suffered a problem with the knee… It was a normal tackle. He turned and then he had a problem. He has gone to hospital and we will have to wait for the scan.”

Ferdinand is seeking a second opinion, but a Football Association source has told the BBC “it’s not looking good”.

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England Land in South Africa – 7 days to go

June 3, 2010

The English Football team landed in South Africa this morning at 9am local time after their 11 hour flight from London. Once landed there was no hanging around (and I bet no lost baggage) as they were wisked away to their World Cup base at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus at Rustenburg.

England play USA in their opening game only 8 miles from their base camp in Rustenberg on the 12th June.

Capello, the England team manager, wasted no time by annoucning the players shirt numbers once they had settled into their luxurious base camp. It is widely thought that the the numbers give a good indication on the starting line for the team, but there is no official word on this.

Full England World Cup squad numbers;
1. David James
2. Glen Johnson
3. Ashley Cole
4. Steven Gerrard
5. Rio Ferdinand
6. John Terry
7. Aaron Lennon
8. Frank Lampard
9. Peter Crouch
10. Wayne Rooney
11. Joe Cole
12. Robert Green
13. Stephen Warnock
14. Gareth Barry
15. Matthew Upson
16. James Milner
17. Shaun Wright-Phillips
18. Jamie Carragher
19. Jermain Defoe
20. Ledley King
21. Emile Heskey
22. Michael Carrick
23. Joe Hart

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England World Cup Squad Named – 9 days to go

June 1, 2010

England’s 23-man squad for the South Africa World Cup were named today, 1st June, by the England coach Fabio Capello;

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).

Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).

Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

Players dropped were;

Theo Walcott, Darren Bent, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson, Leighton Baines, Tom Huddlestone

England have some highly experienced players with many caps;

  • Steven Gerrard – 80 caps
  • Rio Ferdinand – 78 caps
  • Ashley Cole – 78 caps
  • Frank Lampard – 78 caps
  • John Terry – 60 caps
  • Wayne Rooney – 60 caps
  • Emile Heskey – 58 caps

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