I could write more than five reasons why England will not win the World Cup, but I shall keep it to this number so those blinded fools can keep some dignity.
Chelsea’s Ashley Cole’s injury is a massive blow for England and though he may make an appearance at the World Cup, his form isn’t exactly going to be his best. Furthermore his personal problems off the field may hinder his performance. The thing with the left back spot is we probably have the best in the world, but our cover is much to be left to desire. With Bridge not going, we are looking at Leighton Baines or Stephen Warnock who are both good players but lack experience. Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand is another big worry; constant back problems make him another major doubt for this summer’s tournament. With either of these not playing it would take something of a miracle for England to win the World Cup. Aaron Lennon is another who has been in scintillating form before his injury which again could rule him out of contention; he would be a bigger loss than people think
Wayne Rooney might be carving everything in his sight at Manchester United. Not many others elsewhere are not doing the same. Steven Gerrard has looked a shell of his former self recently for Liverpool. England performances have not been much better either. Rio Ferdinand’s injury problems have caused his wild form and don’t even get me started on John Terry because that is 10 articles worth on its own. He needs to sort his head out for the World Cup. Joe Cole can’t get into the Chelsea side and is not playing enough; the extremely talented playmaker could not even make the plane to South Africa. I would also put Frank Lampard in this ’lack of form’ section. At Chelsea he is playing his normal game, but for England the man is nonexistent. He doesn’t do a thing. I find it unbelievable sometimes the players of quality that England have who disappear from the game. Our individual stars form going into this World Cup so far is not great.
We don’t know our first eleven.
Everyone has their own England 11. Unfortunately it seems Fabio is either keeping it a very well guarded secret or he doesn’t have one. He must be the only man in England who doesn’t. Who shall we have in goal? The 57 year old crock in David James or the equally mistake pone Robert Green? I can hear the calls of Joe Hart, but Fabio made his mind up there. It’s not going happen. Theo Walcott or Lennon (if fit) on the right of midfield? I know who I want there but Fabio looks like he’s going to pick the 100 meter runner. Not good enough to win a World Cup I’m afraid people. I’d take the Arsenal speedster don’t get me wrong, but not a chance would I start him. Use his pace with 20 minutes left to expose teams. Starting games would be a no no. Then we have Aston Villa’s Emile Heskey. What more can I say about a man who is built like an Ox but falls like a girl. I don’t care what is banged around about the space created for others and his hold up play. Surely in the country, from the White Cliffs of Dover to the industrial hum of Newcastle we have another striker capable of doing the same thing. With the exception of understanding that to win a football match, you have to score a goal. Why Fabio has not gone back to attempting the 4-5-1 with Rooney up top and Gerrard and Lampard supporting I will not know.
Our cover is not good enough
I think we can all agree on this one. We may all differ on our choices in certain positions, but we all accept fundamentally on around 7-8 of the players that must start. Rooney, Gerrard, Terry for example. My glaring miss of Lampard here is not by accident. But a lot of our covering players are just not up to scratch. Lescott and Upson whilst being good Premier League centre backs are not of the quality to contain some of the best international teams. With Rio Ferdinand’s back problems it could be likely that one of these must step up. Shaun Wright Phillips again falls into this category. Players like Jermaine Jenas and Wayne Bridge (if he changes his mind) for example just can’t compete at this level. Our friendly in Dubai where we really took a humbling from Brazil is testament to this. Fielding pretty much a second string side England looked very poor. Arguments have been made that due to weakened side we were always going to get beaten, that I do subscribe to. But Brazil didn’t field their strongest side either. It’s all food for thought.
There just too good. I’ve only had enough memory to understand four World Cups properly. Out of those tender four I did watch religiously, this is the first I’ve seen where one teams name is already carved on the trophy. If Spain doesn’t win this World Cup they have only themselves to blame. I could coach that team to World Cup triumph. My team talk would consist of the Mike Bassett style of management. ‘Just do what you normally do lads.’ That’s all you have to say. Brazil has been touted as possible winners but I can’t see it. Villa and Torres upfront. I mean come on. Wow. That’s like England having two Rooney’s upfront. Don’t get me started on their midfield. I’ll be mopping up drool from my keyboard if I do. One fact says it all. Cesc Fabregas can’t even get in that midfield. If England draws Spain at any point it’s time to accept the inevitable.
Whilst I appear to have been savage in my assessments I do actually want England to win the World Cup. I’m just attempting to inject some realism before the media bandwagon starts on how we can beat anyone etc. A semi final place is what England should achieve. Any further will be fantastic and I for one will applaud those players.
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