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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.

Tottenham Duo Miss Out On World Cup 23

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Jun 012010
 

Well as I predicted in a recent post here it looks like the 2 unlucky Spurs players to miss out were in fact Dawson and Huddlestone. It looks as though Capello has opted for experience over form,as Upson and Carragher made it into the squad over Dawson despite Dawson having a better season. Carrick made it in over Huddlestone, despite Huddlestone having a better season.

Other players to miss out were Theo Walcott, Darren Bent, Scott Parker, Adam Johnson and suprisingly Leighton Baines.

Tottenham will still have 4 players representing them in the England team in Defoe,King,Lennon and Crouch. There were doubts over King would make the cut due to his fitness but personally I dont think his place was ever in question, every England manager has noticed the talents of Ledley and worked hard to get him into the England set up and when he has played he never let them down. For the likes of Huddlestone and Dawson, maybe not this time but i’m sure they have plenty of caps to come in the future.