A Team Under The Surgeon’s Knife

Sunday 27th June (Andy’s blog)

So much anticipation and so much disappointment, again. No point in dwelling on the atrocious decision by some half arsed Uruguyan ref and linesman. Had that goal been given, things may have been different, we will never know. Being in the ground, you could sense us getting back and importantly the Germans showing signs of weakness. Some good must come from it, both for our national team and every national team robbed of key decisions through lack of technology use. Sepp Blatter, why not become a Catholic Pope mate, there will be a vacancy soon enough.

Anyway loads more on these issues later. Today hats off to Germany who inflicted out worst ever defeat in a World Cup. They outplayed us and finished us in a clinical fashion. By contrast our lot could not trap a ball with a blanket. Everytime Germany took a shot it looked like it was on target and likely to test the keeper.

So, we exit the competition but not South Africa just yet. There is a bit more to see. A nice little game drive and a visit to Rorke’s Drift. At least there we went down fighting!

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6 responses to “A Team Under The Surgeon’s Knife

  1. Derm

    Much sense spoken by an impassioned Waddle on R5.

    Irrespective of manager, we play one system: 4-4-2 at 100mph. If the opposition decide they don’t fancy that we are quickly found out. Fabio must take some blame for daft ideas like bringing on Heskey, but the bottom line is that we are not an Argentina, a Germany or a Brazil, depsite what we like to think. Italy and France would appear to be in the same boat, but we seem to be more familiar with this level of performance than they do. If we’d won the last two world cups then maybe we could console ourselves with being ‘not the only ones’. It seems that our performance in Italia 90 is now gradually replacing 1966 as the benchmark for our lost greatness. The press really is clutching at straws in an attempt to justify the concept that we should be doing better than we are.

    Yes – we have a team of good players. Yes, the Permier League is jolly good – although people seem to forget that for every Man Utd and Chelsea there is a Hull or a Stoke. The less informed keep asking “the England squad are world class players – so why can’t they play as a team?”. The fact is that many of them are playing out of position and don’t have the support on the pitch that they enjoy at their clubs. Lampard is a top-scoring midfield player at Chelsea, but clearly FA use when he’s not playing in the Chelsea ‘diamond’ system with the likes of Drogba and Essien around him. Likewise Rooney – although, in the case of Shrek, I think he was either injured or out of condition in this world cup – pretty much unable to trap the ball, turn, pass or score.

    The likes of the FA and the big clubs are quite happy with things how they are thank-you-very-much and don’t want the pathetic sideshows of Euro and World Cup to upset the applecart every couple of years. So, let’s pat that nice bloke Brooking on the head, nod sagely when he rants about the national game and once all this nonsense is off the back page of the Sun for another couple of years we can get back to the real business of earning cash and kudos by providing entertainment. If that means recruiting exciting foreign players and encouraging fat wankers with vast sums of cash (or borrowing leverage) to ‘invest’ in our league, then so be it. The international aspirations of the English (and Scottish, as they are in a similar boat) public are an irrelevance.

    It is unlikely to change, which is a real shame. Chelsea winning the league was very much a ‘so what’ for everyone who wasn’t a Chelsea fan. However, a Euro or World Cup win would do more for the country’s morale than a cut in income tax. Maybe it’s time to nationalise the EPL and put Alan Sugar in charge… no, sorry, I was only joking!

  2. DSbiggles

    Much sense spoken by an impassioned Waddle on R5.

    Irrespective of manager, we play one system: 4-4-2 at 100mph. If the opposition decide they don’t fancy that we are quickly found out. Fabio must take some blame for daft ideas like bringing on Heskey, but the bottom line is that we are not an Argentina, a Germany or a Brazil, depsite what we like to think. Italy and France would appear to be in the same boat, but we seem to be more familiar with this level of performance than they do. If we’d won the last two world cups then maybe we could console ourselves with being ‘not the only ones’. It seems that our performance in Italia 90 is now gradually replacing 1966 as the benchmark for our lost greatness. The press really is clutching at straws in an attempt to justify the concept that we should be doing better than we are.

    Yes – we have a team of world class players. Yes, the Premier League is jolly good – although people seem to forget that for every Man Utd and Chelsea there is a Hull or a Stoke. The less informed keep asking “the England squad are world class players – so why can’t they play as a team?”. The fact is that many of them are playing out of position and don’t have the support on the pitch that they enjoy at their clubs. Lampard is a top-scoring midfield player at Chelsea, but clearly FA use when he’s not playing in the Chelsea ‘diamond’ system with the likes of Drogba and Essien around him. Likewise Rooney – although, in the case of Shrek, I think he was either injured or out of condition in this world cup – pretty much unable to trap the ball, turn, pass or score.

    The likes of the FA and the big clubs are quite happy with things how they are thank-you-very-much and don’t want the pathetic sideshows of Euro and World Cup to upset the applecart every couple of years. So, let’s pat that nice bloke Brooking on the head, nod sagely when he rants about the national game and once all this nonsense is off the back page of the Sun for another couple of years we can get back to the real business of earning cash and kudos by providing entertainment. If that means recruiting exciting foreign players and encouraging fat wankers with vast sums of cash (or borrowing leverage) to ‘invest’ in our league, then so be it. The international aspirations of the English (and Scottish, as they are in a similar boat) public are an irrelevance.

    It is unlikely to change, which is a real shame. Chelsea winning the league was very much a ‘so what’ for everyone who wasn’t a Chelsea fan. However, a Euro or World Cup win would do more for the country’s morale than a cut in income tax. Maybe it’s time to nationalise the EPL and put Alan Sugar in charge… no, sorry, I was only joking!

  3. Well dissapointment yet again!!!! Go on safari now you lot.

    If you are any where near Steve could you tell him to give me a ring as to when he could be home because he needs to renew his season tickets asap.
    I will do it for him if he’s not going to be back by the 1st.

    Thanks Mitch.

  4. Dex

    Hello All,

    Andy will know that, for years, I have been saying to any0ne who will listen that the Premier League is the Scottish Premier League times two. The gulf between the best and the rest is enormous and increasingly, the English players will be picked from the teams that make up the ‘rest’.

    Look at Jozy Altidore for the USA, he’s apparently a English Premier League class striker. He managed scored one solitary goal in 28 appearances for Hull in 2009/10.

    Sadly, this also indicates that England could, very easily be heading for some Scottish/Rep of Ireland style time in the footballing wilderness.

    The team needs players who love the shirt and play without fear. The last time I genuinely saw that in an England team in a major tournament was England V Holland at Wembley in 1996. Chile manage it, South Korea manage it, why not England?

    Dex

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