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Jun 192010
 

Apparently so, however you could be forgiven for thinking any different. Maybe it’s just England fans that feel like this because of our poor efforts so far but for me I just haven’t been able to get excited in any way about the World Cup yet, it doesn’t feel like World Cup time for me yet.

Let’s talk about last nights England v Algeria game (yes it really did happen), what the hell happend there?. Well I said in an earlier blog that Capello likes to play safe and picks his team based on experience over form,yesterday was a classic example by giving Carragher the nod over Dawson. For me he got it wrong when he put Gerrard on the left to bring back Gareth Barry, that is negative move number one because Gerrard is not a left midfielder and it showed. Negative move number two? well I would say it was picking Emile Heskey because Rooney wants to play with him up top. I wouldn’t have a problem with Heskey playing if he was either in form or if he was any good in the first place. The trouble with this scenario is that he is played to help Rooney out and when Rooney like last night has a nightmare game then there is nobody up front to score the goals. England actually looked more dangerous when Defoe came on but it was too little too late, this is the change that should have happend at half time because 0-0 at half time with Algeria is bad enough. Peter Crouch was given 6 minutes to change the game, please tell me, what is somebody supposed to do in 6 mins?.

I see Rob Green lost his place to David James and destroyed any confidence left that Green might have had, I wonder if he will drop Rooney,Gerrard,Lampard,Heskey next because Green lost his place for not doing his job so what is the difference?. I did laugh though when I saw the most pointless substituion I have ever seen in my life, when England wanted to change the game and really go for it we decided to swap a right winger for…………… another right winger!. Yes I was just as suprised as anyone that it wasn’t Joe Cole being brought on for Barry or Defoe for Heskey but it was Wright-Phillips who came on for Aaron Lennon. It’s almost like Capello has his untouchables and no matter how poor they are won’t ever get substituted. Could somebody please tell Capello that there are different formations he can try if 4-4-2 isn’t working out, it’s like he has been told if he breaks the 4-4-2 he will be shot.

I don’t really like to jump on the England bandwagon and I’m still as patriotic as anyone and really hope we get through but can we really defend the team so far?. I think some of the teams players are too big for their boots, they believe all the hype that they hear because they are some of the top Premiership players. The newspapers today are dominated by Rooney having a go at the fans for getting on the backs of the players, Rooney reckons the fans have no right to boo, I am sorry Wayne but when people have saved up all year and spent thousands of pounds to watch England play like that then they have every right to boo. I’m sure Rooney would want the fans to cheer if England lifted the World Cup, so he has to know that you take the rough with the smooth.

I hope that come Wednesday Capello doesn’t stick with what has failed him so far this tournament and has the guts to make a few changes. We are supposed to be England, one of the favourites, so why when we play the teams like USA, Algeria and next up Slovenia do we play negative tactics. We should go out there with the mentality of the Brazilians which is play to our strengths and not the oppositions. Why bring in a holding midfielder like Barry when we could play the likes of Joe Cole, and why play Heskey when we could play Defoe or Crouch. These teams are ranked way below us so we should take the game to them, whenever I see an England team sheet all I see is fear, fear of not wanting to get beat rather than a team that is set out to take the game to the opposition and go for the win. Where is the passion lads, are the days or passion players like Gascoigne in 1990 and Beckham in 2002 long gone? I thought Rooney would install some passion in the side but so far I couldn’t be more wrong.

Wednesday is make or break, if we don’t win we are going home, but for me it doesn’t feel like its even started yet. If England were to be flying home next week then i’m sure this could end up being the World Cup that people forgot. I take heart from the fact that in 2006,Italy didn’t set the tourament on fire with their football but ended up lifting the cup, yes I know its wishful thinking but England can’t keep on letting us down. One more point I would like to make is that the current squad of players are known as the golden generation, can someone explain to me why this is?. The golden generation, what on earth earns them that title? they have never got past a quater final of a major competition but somehow they get dubbed the gold generation, don’t make me laugh. This does just go to show that for all their faults the media really don’t help the players out.

Right now all I am thinking is if England are coming home next week who cares because Tottenham have a Champions League game coming up and I can bet my life they show more heart in that one match than England have and will in this World Cup.

Would love to hear whether you readers think i’m harsh or if you agree with some of my comments, remember as I said I am not agaisnt the England players and I support them more than anyone, but you can’t defend 2 performances like that and someone needs to give the players a wake up call. This is aWorld Cup and if you ask me, if we don’t get out of the group it will be worse than when we didn’t qualify for Euro 2008. I hope Wednesday is when the World Cup comes to life for us, and not the start of us trying to forget a shameful attempt. However if England score and the fans celebrate like mad I will think to myself “is this what it has come down to, having to celebrate like crazy because we score against like Slovenia”, when for me we should never have even been in this position. The thing is I am confident if we get out of the group stages then the boys would do us proud in later rounds untill we are inevitably knocked out, my only worry is I am not confident we will be getting out of the group. Slovenia will be harder to break down that the previous games because they know a result of any kind for them will be enough to send them through.

Would love to hear whether you readers think i’m harsh or if you agree with some of my comments, remember as I said I am not agaisnt the England players and I support them more than anyone, but you can’t defend 2 performances like that and someone needs to give the players a wake up call.

Jun 122010
 

Tonight will see the 3 lions kick off their World Cup 2010 campaign agaisnt the USA, now most people are thinking that the USA could very well be capable of causing an upset tonight, but not me, and why?. Simple because for the same reason Tottenham finished in the top 4 of the Premier League last season, and that reason is “WE’VE GOT LEDLEY AT THE BACK”.

If you want my opinion I think Rio Ferdinand’s injury could turn out to be a blessing for England, not only do I think Rio was lacking in fitness but also he hadn’t had the best of seasons. The only scenario that could have been better would have been if it happend to John Terry instead and then Wayne Bridge could have been called up too. But we can’t have it all and it looks like tonight that Ledley will get the nod to partner John Terry at the back. Ledley didn’t have the best game agaisnt Mexico the other week but let’s take into account it was his first England game for 3 years. I know the ability Ledley has and tonight he will prove me right, in Euro 2004 he was thrown in at the deep end and even though we lost to France in the last minute, Ledley didn’t put a foot wrong for the whole 90 mins. He had to then leave the tournament due to the birth of his first child.

As a Spurs fan I would love to see Dawson given a chance at some stage in the tournament over Carragher and Upson who again haven’t had the best of seasons with their respective clubs. Dawson and Ledley at the back for England would bring a tear of joy to my eyes. I think it is such a shame about the injury that has plagued King for the past few years now, I think had he not had this curse then he would be England captain, all you have to do is look at his ability and reputation and the fact that Tottenham are a different side when he plays to know he holds all the key attributes to be a captain, this might sound biased and probably is but i’ve seen it week in week out for Tottenham.

Let us all remember when Thierry Henry said he felt King was the best defender he had ever come up against.

He said: “I don’t like defenders who hold the shirts of other players. The only defender here who doesn’t do that and sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily is Ledley King.

“He is the only guy who doesn’t hold players. He will get the ball off you without you even noticing. For me, that is a good defender.

“He plays without any contact yet is somehow still strong and gets the ball without doing any fouls.”

Now this is coming from a Thierry Henry who was in his peak and the best player in England at the time of his comments. So tonight I am confident of a solid England back line with King and Terry at the back, I am also hoping Capello makes the right choice and starts Aaron Lennon on the right wing and lets him do what he does best.

Like the rest of you I will be hoping all of the Tottenham boys do well and bring the cup home for England so we can tell all the Gooners how Tottenham won the World Cup in 2010.  Come on England!!

Dawson Handed Second Chance!!!

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Jun 042010
 

Well I thought Tottenham centre half Michael Dawson was probably the most unluckiest player to miss out on Capello’s final 23 for the World Cup. He had a solid season and lost out on his place for the likes of Upson and Carragher who got in on reputation alone. However today justice has been served but fate played a cruel trick on England captain Rio Ferdinand as he was today ruled out through injury. This is terrible news for England but for me as a Tottenham fan I was delighted to learn that Dawson had now been called back into the England team. Now I personally would hope it was any other defender except Ferdinand but to see Dawson get what he should have righfully had in the first place is great.

Fabio Capello now has a major headache, surely if he has any sense he will put Ledley at the heart of the defense now Rio is out, but I have that sickening feeling he will pick Carragher. If England don’t opt for King and Terry,King and Dawson or at the very least King and Carragher as partnerships, they have no chance. At all costs I would keep Upson out of the team, I think he is a good defender but not better than any of the others and certainly is no world cup winner. Lets hope Capello knows his stuff and earns his Spurs by putting his faith in Dawson if Ledley has to miss one or two of the games through his knee injury. I know that dawson wouldn’t let our nation down because I see him week in week out and know that he is just as good as John Terry based on this season. It’s time for the England team to stop being picked on reputation and to be picked on form alone, players have to stop living off their past reputations and earn all their caps.

Michael Dawson and Ledley King , all us Spurs fans know you can do it, lets just hope for the sake of our nation you are given the chance.

Capello Goes Back On His Word

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Jun 012010
 

Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, let me make it clear that I fully intend on supporting the Three Lions all summer long. Furthermore, Michael Carrick and Ledley King rank quite high on my list of favorite players. After yesterday’s announcement of England’s World Cup squad, however, I couldn’t help but have a bitter taste in my mouth.

When Fabio Capello took over the England hotseat, he made it clear that he’d pick players based on form. The Italian made it a point that he’d select the players that were at the peak of their powers on the club scene, prompting players like David Beckham to forgo their summer vacations simply to prove their worthiness to Capello.

In the end, Capello picked the 23 men that he initially had in mind (a fact that even he admitted). The fact that Jamie Carragher was even asked to reverse his international retirement proves that Capello had his sights set on certain players from day one – regardless of how slow they are as they reach the end of their careers and regardless of how poorly they performed for their clubs this season (remember, Carragher’s Liverpool containing the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, and Pepe Reina couldn’t even qualify for the Champions League).

In addition to Carragher, the inclusion of Matthew Upson proves that club form was no determining factor. Upson was included at the expense of one of the Premier League’s most consistent top performers: Michael Dawson. Dawson, even more so than the often-injured Ledley King, was instrumental in Tottenham’s historic run into the top four.

Even in midfield, it was all about names and not about form. The biggest surprise was that Fabio Capello sent two of his trickiest and fastest wingers packing: Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott. Who remained in their place? None other than Manchester City benchwarmer – and Adam Johnson’s club backup – Shaun Wright-Phillips. The wee man couldn’t hold down a spot at the club level, but Fabio Capello opted for him over two stars just entering the brightest years of their careers.

Up top, the most heinous crime committed by Capello is his decision to leave Darren Bent at home this summer. The Sunderland striker was by far the most in form striker all season long (taking Wayne Rooney’s late season injury problems into account), and has been banging in the Premier League goals for a few seasons in a row now – all while playing for a mediocre Sunderland side. Bent deserves his place in South Africa undoubtedly, but Capello oddly enough opted for yet another player who doesn’t even start at the club level: Emile Heskey of Aston Villa. Far too many Villa fans have even pondered how their slow and aging striker found his name on the final 23.

Don’t get me wrong: I’d be absolutely delighted if England win the World Cup. Like many other fans of the Three Lions, I wasn’t even alive in 1966 to watch Sir Bobby Charlton and company take the world by storm. In fact, the effects of that England team will be felt for many years to come, and when I met Sir Bobby outside of Old Trafford two years ago you could just feel his legend status.

Fabio Capello and his team of 23 now  have a chance to cement their own spots in English folklore, and while I disagree with some of the squad choices, I fully intend on throwing all of my support behind the heroes representing England this summer. England needs more than a prayer and a little bit of luck – they need their millions of fans worldwide to provide continued unwavering support.