Rosey’s World Cup Round-up day 9

by Ashleigh Rose

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Aftermath

I was beyond words last night, I really was – which for a writer by profession is some stretch. I’d sat and listened to my friends post-match, to the pundits on ITV and the guys on Radio 5 live on my home and although we have the tendency to go over the top in this country, last night they were all more the justified cos’ England were  useless. Therefore, here is my run down of the main complaints of last night.

1) England were awful
And that’s the nicest word I can think of. I have been watching England since 1990 and I have to say that was one of worst performances I have ever seen them produce in a competitive international. It’s right-up there with the exploits of Graham Taylor and Euro 92, the dismal defeat to Northern Ireland and the pain in the rain under Steve McLaren. England failed to create a single clear-cut chance against a team ranked 30th in the world, lacked any effort, any substance and most worrying looked like they couldn’t care less about it.

2) Wayne Rooney and the outburst
While I can imagine it must be a horrible feeling to be booed by your own fans, especially your county – what did he really expect? This wasn’t a meaningless friendly at Wembley, fans have travelled far and wide and spent thousands of pounds on supporting England in South Africa and all they ask in return is for the team to turn-up and at least try and perform. Last night they didn’t and therefore the fans showed their frustration as they are entitled too. Had Wayne Rooney done the same and been in the crowd last night would he have joined in the chorus of boos? Of course he bloody would.  I have two friends who have gone out to Africa and spent over £2,500 and that’s without hotels – for their money shouldn’t they expect some sort of effort and performance out of England in what it’s quite clearly the easiest group of the World Cup?

3) Wayne Rooney and the performance
I don’t want to single anyone out really because overall every individual were as bad as each other but my god what has happened to Wayne Rooney. In two games against opposition far inferior to England I can only remember one sight of the Rooney who’s had ripped opponents apart this season on his way to winning the PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year. This was meant to be his tournament, the stage to show that he can be talked about in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo but after his displays so far in this World Cup he may have well stayed at home. I’m not sure if it’s the system, his fitness or the rub of the green but things need to change. Rooney is our talisman, and we need the Wayne Rooney of Man Utd and we need him soon or it could be too late.

4) The players ‘fear’
First it was the fear of playing at Wembley, then the fear of just playing in an England shirt and now according to Capello the players are scared by failure at this World Cup. Soon these players won’t be able to leave the house without a fear they are going to feel pressured by someone or something to do with England. But let’s be honest this is not a squad of players who have only played 10 or 20 times for this country, we are talking about players who have close to 100 caps and have played in numerous Champions League, FA Cup and  League Cup finals. They should thrive on the pressure and honour of playing for England, not shy away from it and blame it on sub-par performances. I’m sure every country puts pressure on their team to win, but do you see the likes of Brazil, Argentina or Holland putting performances like that in?  It’s nonsense.

5) Has Capello lost it?
It’s hard to believe Fabio Capello is losing it. Here is a manger that has a CV most could only dream about, but  you can’t help to question some of the decisions he’s made at this World Cup. Last night’s tactics were a disaster of the Raymond Domenech kind, an over reliance on a right wing where Lennon never got the chance to use the ball, Steven Gerrard leaving the left wide open while he cuts in, and Gareth Barry starting despite not being match fit – and let’s just for starters. Why was Joe Cole, arguably our most gifted player sat on the bench the whole game? What does Shaun Wright-Phillips really offer other then pace?  Would Adam Johnson’s presence in South Africa added more balance?
Our two best players are Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, FACT. We are crying out to play them both in the positions they are most effective for their clubs – Rooney up top on his own with Gerrard floating behind him. This would also give more balance to the midfield by bringing in someone like Cole who would stay on the left and offer my creative options up front. We are far too predictable at the moment, even Algeria worked that one out, so we need to be more creative and use our best players in a way that will aid the whole team. And if we can see that, why can’t out illustrious man in charge?

5) Emile Heskey
I know the argument. I’ve preached the argument. But last night you saw the dilemma of playing Emile Heskey when you need a goal – nothing happens. For all his hard-work and hold-up play, in international football you get very few chances to make an impact and you have to take them. Heskey doesn’t and just like the one-on-one he missed against the US, Heskey was equally ineffective last night. As mentioned Wayne Rooney wasn’t much better but when a goal is needed we just can’t rely on big Ivanhoe to deliver and that’s the problem. Oh and don’t get me started on that embarrassing attempt of a step-over.

But how has it come to this? How have England managed to degenerate so far since qualifying? Since they beat Croatia 5-1 at Wembley last September, there has not been a single performance that has truly inspired confidence in the team., yet we have rolled into this World Cup as one of the favourites. Winning the whole thing right now is irrelevant, three points and a passage is the only thing that matters but I have a horrible feeling that the ultimate embarrassment we all feared may just become a horrible reality.

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  • Darren

    I feel your pain Ash as do millions of proud Englishmen.

    I won’t go into to much detail as I’m trying to be positive and put it all behind me and focus on Wednesday.

    The problems are very, very deep, and have been since 1970. Not that I remember or was even born, but we were 2-0 up against the Germans with a better side then 66. We haven’t recovered and English football has taken a backwards step since, no academy, throwing money at managers, only to SACK them when the team under performs, because lets face it, the only tournament you can say we played well was 1982 & Euro 96, even then we were very lucky to beat Spain on pens! 1990 we were terrible but we had the greatest centre forward I’ve seen in an England shirt.

    Over the years we’ve always has someone who can rescue us when we need it.

    82, Bryon Robson
    86 & 90 Lineker & Platt
    98 Shearer

    we haven’t got that at the moment.

    as for the Heskey Rooney debate, if one keeps dropping 30 yards to collect the ball and the other is forced to control long balls then it aint never gonna happen.

    Anyway, enough said and lets get behind the team as we are England and proud no matter what happens.

    A big shout goes out to the Rugby team though. England, take inspiration!

  • Maddy “The Calm one” Orobator

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on Roo,
    If you can trust yourself when John Terry doubts you,
    But make allowance for his doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being shouted at by 6 million dissapointed cries ,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And dont be fickle fans or UK media after the event so wise:
    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make panic your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And 1-1 and 0-0 as just two games ;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by Ex pros to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your summer to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up and still keep cool:

    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says “England Just Hold on!”

    If you can fill 90 unforgiving minutes
    With 8100 seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours can be the World and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – we’ll win on Wednesday, my son!

  • Svenalike

    There appears to be a long slow reappraisal of the “Sven/Becks years and the media invented and overhyped mythology of “failure” during what may now appear to be a micro “golden age” for all the dissapointment caused by dreadfully bad luck, key player’s injuries and tempramental outbursts and the odd impossibly biased officials that saw England defeated at three quarter finals.
    Direct comparison of England before and after Eriksson may lead to an even greater admiration for his achievements than already exists within a huge football fan base, the international football media & pundits and those many national teams and top league clubs who continue to pursue employing him.
    England rose from their pantomime of Euro2000 to top every qualifying group, rise to FIFA No.4 world ranking losing ONLY FIVE competitive games along the way (two qualifiers and three quarter finals) so if that is utter failure then nothing but a clean sheet and a trophy can be considered anything less than “failure”?
    “Sven was overpaid”?
    His total package was far less than many prem league coaches at the time and a fraction of Don Fabio aka “Il Duce”.
    “Sven failed to capitalise on England’s golden generation”?
    Other less subjective foreign reporters point to the squad of “average players” that Sven turned into a word class team. If there were any remaining doubts regarding the extremely positive effect that Eriksson had, just look at almost the exact same squad under lesser managers? Crashed out of even qualifying for Euro2008 and after at least getting in to this tournament we are all aware of the lack lustre performance that this management regime has produced.
    Stripped of the hyperbole and disingenuous (that means lies) inventions of some within the press, Sven’s private life could be summed up in rather more mundane terms as: “The BATCHELOR england manager appears to be a magnet for beautiful women and many are jealous of his success.” and “England manager non-commital when duped into meeting a fake “Sheik”. The actual transcripts of the fake Sheik incident reveal that Sven was merely polite in discussing his possible future for a time AFTER his England contract expired and almost none of his team had anything but praise for him at the time and since. Only a diminishing minority of media hacks who “never let the truth get in the way of a “good” story”, jealous rivals, those who believed the hype more than the substance and evidence.., and a few failed players appear to perpetuate the now increasingly ridiculous fashion of “Sven-bashing”???

  • dexylongshot

    It could be worse, look at the frogs 2-0 down and imploding with 10 men 🙂

  • Maddy “The Calm one” Orobator

    Thanks Darren and UKFF

    Because of your posting -I devised the amended IF poem above and it was played today TWICE on BBC Radio 5 Live the latter to the strains of Jerusasalem to end the programme -How would you motivate England ?

    So Darren cos of you a rallying cry was heard by Millions across the country.

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