England Under 21’s vs The FA

by Mickey Marbles

Friday, June 26th, 2009

How do. A 5-minute mouth off today, a sort of two-parter. Lucky buggers

Psycho Stu Pearce steps up to the plate tonight with the young lions against the impressive host nation Sweden in the semis of the UEFA U21’s. After starting out as 3rd favourites, we have eased into the latter stages after an edgy start against Finland when goalscorer Micheal Mancienne netted 1st and then lost the plot bringing down the Fin Striker. He conceded a penalty and took an early bath, They leveled and we were under the cosh, not an ideal start. Pearce rallied his troops and we found the self-belief to overcome with a Micah Richards header putting us back in the driving seat.

Games 2. Spain, pre tournament favourites and a very promising side playing in the same possession based style of the European champions. Nay bother for the lad Pearcy, again, excellent tactical nous stopped them for playing in midfield with Milner and Johnson and Muamba all flying in with the tackles, denying them the chance to launch attacks. In the 2nd half, the Spaniards who only managed a draw in the 1st game against Germany played further up the field trying to get a decent shot or 2 in, something they failed to do in the 1st. Enter whippet Walcott who murdered them in the space they left behind. 2 goals later and we were coasting. Milner even missed a penalty. England were installed as tournament favourites soon after and ensured their route to the last four with a game in hand, the only team of the eight to do so.

Last Monday, our final game was against the Germans. Basically, we put out a B-team (Stu has already given all 23 squad members a run-out, how good is that for team building and morale!). We were in a win win situation, If we lost or drew the favourites Spain were out, we didn’t need to win so just went through the motions giving everyone a run out against a pretty weak German team in my opinion. I’ll happily face them again in the final. That’s the history of 2009 UEFA under 21s tourno so far. Pretty good eh? Well here comes part 2, The Rant!

I hate that I do!

Imagine how much we could improve if my beloved FA pulled their gold rattling digits out of their arses and caught up with Europe. This is just how far we are behind the big four when it comes to coaching.

Psycho is one of just 115 coaches who hold a UEFA Pro Licence, that’s for the whole country, not just Darlington or Eccles.

What a joke, guess how many current Euro champs Spain have in their backyard……2,140. 18.6 times as many!!!!

If we look at the other license levels, everyone seems to be miles ahead. We have 1,789 members who hold an A, B or Pro license. Spain, Italy and Germany all laugh at us with 10-fold the amount of our lot. Germany alone has 28,000 coaches alone. It is not good enough!

Any way good luck tonight boys!

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Lets get behind the boys, come on England, it’s about time we won something, win this go into the World Cup on a high

  • dexylongshot

    Nice one, Mickey, on the button as usual! The world is at our feet!!! If only the Fa would buck their ideas up. I feel so sorry for Sir Trev, I’m surprised he hasn’t walked out in disgust, he was on the radio again last week, you can see how much he wants us to be at least level with France, Spain & Germany. Those sats make for upsetting reading. The FA are probably to busy spending what little money they seem to have on their new gaff.

  • Sarah

    That’s why Brazilian Soccer Schools was created and is now the World’s largest Soccer School…So there is hope for the future of our game!

  • dexylongshot

    You go girl, at least someone’s doing something about it, respect!

  • Sarah

    Following on from my last post – 3 of the England U21 players that are in todays squad to play Sweden benefited from Brazilian Soccer Schools (BSS) coaching. Micah Richards is a full graduate of BSS and scored against Finland. Theo Walcott and Martin Cranie used the BSS coaching methods at Southampton along with Tim Sparv who shone for Finland in the tournament.

    Also look out for John Bostock who is another BSS graduate at Tottenham!

    More info can be found at:


    P.S Don’t forget to vote for me for Miss UKFF 09 😉

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Mickey did raise a valid point on coaching though, I can’t believe we only have a 115 with a UEFA Pro Licence. Thats the main reason why idiots like Steve McClown got the England job in the first place. Actually, I bet he’s one them

  • dexylongshot

    What do you care, you blowing out the 2nd half to go to some make-shop in covent garden.
    If anyone fancies a 2nd half beer, I will be in the covent garden area 5:50ish getting served beer and crisps. Darren will be checking out the latest bella lippy with Bruno next door.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I’m artist you know! Certain sacrifices are needed for our art

  • dexylongshot

    1st minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LET’S GO FKIN MENTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    see you later, 2-0!

  • dexylongshot

    nob out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nob out

  • dexylongshot


    We’re taking the piss!!!

  • dexylongshot

    So, Ze Germanz, please oh please let me be singing ropes come 10 tonight!!!

  • dexylongshot

    I haven’t felt this bad since Kat left Eastenders.

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