Barry re­mains a firm be­liever

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

BARRY Fry has gone back in time to seek in­spi­ra­tion for Eng­land.

The Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball has been left dis­mayed by our dread­ful start to life in the World cup.

an unin­spir­ing stale­mate against the United States was fol­lowed by a frankly shock­ing draw with al­ge­ria to leave eng­land with their backs against the wall.

Fluff their lines again this af­ter­noon against Slove­nia in Port el­iz­a­beth and by 5pm the un­think­able might just be­come re­al­ity . . . eng­land’s big names could be on their way home.

But that is not a sce­nario Fry is pre­pared to con­sider. in­stead he is ex­pect­ing them to come good when it mat­ters most – just as they did 20 years ago at italia ’90.

Back then eng­land fol­lowed up dis­ap­point­ing draws against the re­pub­lic of ire­land and hol­land with a 1-0 win against egypt when the knives were out.

The hero of that hour was fu­ture Posh boss Mark Wright. now is the time for new he­roes.

“Surely the play­ers won’t let them­selves, the fans and the whole coun­try down again,” said Fry.

“at least i hope they won’t. i keep think­ing back to 1990 when we drew our open­ing two games and then got a re­sult to win the group.

“We ended up hav­ing a great run in the tour­na­ment af­ter that and i’m hop­ing and pray­ing it will be like that all over again.

“i’m stay­ing pos­i­tive and keep­ing the faith. if we win five foot­ball matches we will be world cham­pi­ons!”

That is eas­ier said than done given the way eng­land have per­formed in their first two for­ays into World cup bat­tle.

Fry sat through that fee­ble Fri­day per­for­mance against al­ge­ria in the com­pany of one of the true eng­land greats. he was watch­ing at Ful­ham with World cup-win­ning right-back Ge­orge co­hen and they didn’t en­joy their view­ing.

“We were cry­ing on each other’s shoul­ders!” added Fry. “i would have put my house on us trim­ming up al­ge­ria but for the 115th time, i would have lost it.

“We couldn’t even do the ba­sics, let alone look like scor­ing a goal. There was no pas­sion, no com­mit­ment, no any­thing.

“We looked lost and that’s be­cause we are play­ing the wrong sys­tem. Wayne rooney will soon be so deep he’ll be tak­ing the goal kicks.

“capello has said he will make changes and i hope he sticks to his word.”

Fry is anx­ious to see emile heskey dropped in favour of a re­turn to the five-man mid­field which has proved suc­cess­ful in the past.

he is par­tic­u­larly keen to see Joe cole in­cluded and can’t un­der­stand his lack of in­volve­ment so far.

“Joe must have done some­thing wrong be­cause i can’t be­lieve he hasn’t been in­volved,” Fry con­tin­ued.

“capello said he would be pick­ing play­ers in form and cole was ter­rific in the last cou­ple of friendlies, but then he found him­self stuck on the bench.

“Surely he had to be worth 15 min­utes at the very least against the USa and al­ge­ria, but in­stead capello has been throw­ing Shaun Wright-Phillips on which i don’t un­der­stand.

“ev­ery­one talks about how pace is a killer but just look at aaron Len­non. They don’t come any quicker than him but he hasn’t de­liv­ered in the last two games.

“cole is ca­pa­ble of un­lock­ing a de­fence and he has to play.”

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