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Jun 242010
 

He showed why he should have been in the England team in the first place, he’s Jermain Defoe. It’s about time, Defoe might not touch the ball a lot during the 90mins but what he does give is the constant threat. The opposition defenders always have to be on guard when up against Defoe because of his blistering pace. Defoe will play off the shoulder and cause any defence havoc.

Up next it’s the Germans, sure we can play Heskey…. if we want to go out. We all know Rooney likes playing up front with Heskey, but why should Rooney get to decide who he plays with when Defoe is more likely to get a goal than both of them put together?. For reasons I can’t understand, Heskey seems to be in front of Peter Crouch in the pecking order. I’ve heard people say this is because Crouch doesn’t deliver agaisnt the big teams, well thats because he always gets dropped even though his goal to game record speaks for itself, and can you seriously tell me that Heskey delivers in any game?. Seriously there is more chance of a goal if he put Rob Green up front. Today agaisnt Slovenia he Capello brought Heskey on again and it looked like he had been told to help the back four defend, if that was the case why the hell didn’t he just bring Dawson on? I can’t understand for the life of me what is so special with Emile Heskey, can somebody help me out with that one?.

Anyway I was much impressed with the England performance and attitude today, the lads kept going for goal untill the final whistle. To me the formation was the main reason because if the manager sets out a positive formation the players think positive. I feel sorry for the England team because the pressure this country and the press put on these boys shoulders is second to none. I am confident the players will up their game agaisnt the Germans in the last 16, let’s just hope they practice penalties, and if it does come down to penalties once again, would Defoe fancy having a go?. He told Sky Sports News  “definately” but us Spurs fans know all too well that Defoe although always confident from the spot,doesn’t have the greatest record.

Back to Defoe, I am so chuffed for him, he has deserved this moment, after being dropped at the last minute for Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006, he must have thought he would never get his chance. To his credit he has kept doing the business for Tottenham and Portsmouth and scored a few important goals for England along the way. He is prone to a dip in form every few months but drop him at your peril because whenever he is on the pitch he is a goal threat and the opposing defenders know that, he causes them to have to play deep through the threat of his pace.

This sunday will see the first England V Germany meeting in a major finals since Euro 2000 where England won 1-0 to an Alan Shearer goal. The rivalry will flair up once again. On paper England have some superstars and probably the better team but games aren’t played on paper unfortunatley. The Germans have so much pedigree when it comes to major tournaments and are no mugs, in fact you can probably count on the fact that they are a organized disciplined unit than England are. It will prove to be a mouth watering encounter. The England team have come under fire recently, however if we knock the Germans out all will be forgiven. One thing is for sure, it will be criminal not to start Defoe having just watched his press conference on Sky Sports News. He looks like a man oozing with confidence and he is no doubt hungry for more goals

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.

Capello To Name Final 23

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May 312010
 

Tomorrow Mr Capello will narrow his 30 man squad down to just 23, and I fear that at best 2 Spurs players will not make the cut. You have the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson who have had a great season for Tottenham but have only come into late contention for England call ups.

Dawson is the one I fear for the most has during the last 2 Friendlies has failed to feature at any stage, but then again neither has upson. I suppose the number of defenders sent home depends on whether Capello is confident of the fitness of Ledley King, if he is then it could spell the end for both Dawson and Upson. The likelyhood is also that Tom Huddlestone will follow them both out of rht squad along with either Adam Johnson or Scott Parker or even both. Also Wright-phillips or Walcott will possibly give way. Almost certainly one of the 2 left backs will go which will probably be Stephen Warnock.

Out of the forwards I think its between Darren Bent and Heskey as to who doesn’t make the journey but I also fear for our very own Defoe as he is not currently in his best form. Tomorrow we will find out for sure, but I suspect it will be 2 or 3 Tottenham players staying at home this summer, however even if that is the case they will all still have England caps to come in the future.