Rosey’s World Cup Round-up day 12

by Ashleigh Rose

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
 

Au revouir

I bet Irish eyes are smiling tonight. Hell, the football world should have wide grins on their face at the expense of a side that got exactly what they deserved today, as France bowed out of World Cup 2010.

Let’s forget for a second that they cheated their way to get here, thanks to Monsieur Henry because the deserve to go out for how they have conducted themselves both on and off the pitch since day one in South Africa. They found themselves in group,  easily winnable for a team with their talent but somehow finished the tournament with one point and just one goal and bottom of the group. It was easy to see why too – because they were dire in each and every game. The likes of Ribery, Anelka, Malouda and Evra looked shadows of the players we’ve come custom to seeing and gave no effort to the blue shirt like they have done for their clubs all season.

Off the pitch, events became calamitous as Anelka was sent home, the skipper publicly argued with coaching staff and players refused to train. I appreciate that the majority of the squad were frustrated, especially with Raymond Domenech who should have been shown the door a long time ago but it’s no excuse for the way these professional footballers have behaved.

This is a World Cup, the pinnacle of these players careers and some who may never play in one again yet they’ve thrown their opportunity down the pan with some abject performances and off-field petulance. I admire the players for taking a stance I do, but there are ways and means of doing it and they way the French squad have gone about it has been a disgrace. The sight of Thierry Henry and Djibrill Cisse chuckling and refusing to go back to the bench may on the surface seem humours but show’s a deep lack of respect for the badge and country they are representing. Whatever their thoughts on the manager and whether they are correct or not, he was the manager for this campaign and therefore should have expected to be treated in a better manner then he has been.

The shining light now is that the Domenech reign is over and that France can draw a line under this farcical World Cup adventure and look to a brighter and less controversial future under Laurent Blanc.

As much as it hurts to say this on the anniversary of Maradona’s involvement in Mexico 86 but how entertaining are Argentina to watch? Not only for some of the football they’ve played thus far or because of that gorgeous away kit they wore tonight but for the exploits of Diego on the touchline. The frantic hand signals, the eight or so cross motions he does before every game and the way he kisses every player after he substituted them. He’s like a one man highlight reel.

Final thought, would 37 year-old Martin Palermo Argentina’s sixth choice striker get in the England squad? Probably, but how ridiculous is it that their ‘reserve’ pairing is Champions League final hero Diego Milito and £40 million man Sergio Aguero. Still think they cant’ win the World Cup?

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  • stevie

    disgrace, Domenech is a little kid who refused to shake Alberto’s hand after he said the French shouldn’t even be there. Spot on.

    I’m very, very worried if rumors are right.

    England team
    GK James
    LB Cole
    CB Upson
    CB Terry
    RB Johnson
    LM Gerrard
    CM Barry
    CM Lampard
    RM Milner
    CF Dafoe

    please, please, no, this can’t be the team. No pace
    CF Rooney

  • Darren

    we need goals, this has to be the team

    GK James
    LB Cole
    CB Upson
    CB Terry
    RB Johnson
    LM Joe Cole
    CM Barry
    CM Gerrard
    RM Lennon
    CF Crouch
    CF Rooney

    if anyone plays crap SUB them Simple as.

    You can’t start with Milner, everyone knows you play to yr own strengths, forget about how quick their left winger is. We have our own speedy winger, let them worry about him

    I’m worried, very worried

  • JJ

    its got 0-0 written all over it

  • dexylongshot

    I put my team down last sat and ain’t changed my mind.

    James
    Glen Dawson Terry Cole
    Lennon Gerard Barry Joe
    Crouch Defoe

    Sorry Wayne ain’t up to it at mo.

  • dexylongshot

    The team has been announced.

    James
    Cole Terry Uppo Glen
    Stevie Barry Lamps, Milner
    Roon Defoe.

    Thoughts???

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

    I can’t believe Gerrard is still on the left, it’s insane, you;re surley better of putting him on the bench with Cole starting. Swap Lamps for Gerrard if it aint woking out

  • rob pullinger

    team should be…

    James
    Cole Terry Upson Glen
    Barry
    lennon lamps
    stev g
    Roon Defoe.

  • dexylongshot

    How good as milner!!, 2 footed players will always have a defender worrying, Waddlesque!!!

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

    I was very surprised, he was superb! Beckham’esq crossing, kept the width, mugged up Lennon & SWP big time

  • dexylongshot

    3-1 to the slovs, Arrivederci my Roman cousins, I bet they wish they FAB at the helm!!!

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