World Cup action and reaction
I BLAME Robert Green.
But for his horrendous howler in the first World Cup match against the United States, England would have topped the group and sailed through to the semi-finals by beating Ghana and Uruguay.
Green’s disaster even allowed David James back into the side. How on earth failed Posh manager Mark Lawrenson claimed he was man-of-the-match by a million miles against Germany when two of the goals went straight through him I’ll never know.
Green didn’t even seem particularly bothered during his own postmatch interview. He’ll be bothered at the start of next season when he’s abused Scott Carson-style for letting his country down.
In fact, I hope he plays at London Road in July when West Ham face Posh in a friendly. I’ll be the one starting the chanting. IALSO
blame Wayne Rooney. Many reputations have been burst for ever, but Rooney was the biggest disappointment of them all. No goals in two World Cups suggests he could well be the most over-rated footballer of the decade.
For the last three weeks he has been incapable of trapping a ball or shooting straight. He has been a miserable, scowling, arrogant presence, one who fails to understand the depth of the public’s disappointment judging by his reaction to the crowd booing after the draw with Algeria.
Well if the thicko thinks that was bad wait until he gets home after Sunday’s disgrace. He and the rest of the prancing prima donnas deserve all the vitriol that is coming their way. AND
I blame John Terry and Frank Lampard. Surround them with top-class foreigners and they look worldbeaters. Surround them with the likes of Gareth Barry and Matthew Upson and they are exposed as journeymen footballers incapable of rising to the biggest of occasions.
Clearly the success of Chelsea is down to the foreign influence and not those two.
Terry is a carthorse totally lost when the ball is played quickly on the floor, while Lampard’s passing is a bigger embarrassment than Emile Heskey. BLAME
must also be attached to Martin Vazquez. He’s the dolt who couldn’t see from 30 yards away what I could see from 5,000 miles away. It was a cataclysmic error for this standard of football, so bad I had to check whether or not a Northants League cricket umpire had sneaked on with a flag.
But worse than the error itself is the fact that Vazquez has given England a get-out clause that they don’t deserve. Ignore the mistake, and I accept that at 2-2 Germany might have suffered mentally instead of receiving a massive lift just before half-time, because England were outclassed by the passing and movement of their opponents.
The best team won by a margin they deserved. NATURALLY
Fabio Capello will get his share of the blame and quite right too.
I knew we were in trouble when Gareth Barry suddenly became one of our key players by virtue of missing a single match (one that we would have won remember if Robert Green had more ability).
Barry cannot run, cannot pass and cannot tackle. A manager earning an astonishing £6 million a year should have been aware of this fact. I don’t earn quite that much and I knew (I refer the doubters to this column just after the squad had been announced).
Recalling Liverpool-loving Jamie Carragher was a massive error of judgement as was taking two weaklimbed centre-backs in Ledley King and Rio Ferdinand.
You didn’t need to be Russell Grant to predict that neither of them would get past half-time in the first match. Capello also once insisted that he would pick people in form and yet he took players like Emile Heskey, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joe Cole who couldn’t get into their club sides.
Heskey was kept out of a dull Aston Villa side by a nine-foot Norwegian plank and yet he was our firstchoice centre-forward.
Mind-boggling stuff as was the decision to play 4-4-2 against a quality side like Germany. Jermain Defoe should have been taken off after 10 minutes and replaced by a natural midfielder when it was obvious he had nothing to offer this particular match. AND
Premier League clubs are more to blame than anyone else. Young English players have no chance to improve quickly enough as their English clubs won’t pick them ahead of some useless African or Scandanavian footballer.
Does anyone honestly think that Premier League chairmen and managers give a stuff about the English national team? Of course not.
Even the modest teams stack themselves full of foreigners in the hope of finishing 10th and securing a couple of extra million quid to keep their overdrafts under control. BUT
what irritates me most is the knowledge that this group of failures (golden generation lol) will run off on holiday for a month, sit in the sun, spend their ill-deserved millions and come back as though nothing bad happened in the summer.
The likes of Rooney will be insulated by the fans of their clubs from the real feelings of English football fans.
I am fortunate in that I expected and predicted the misery which arrived, but the more partisan, especially those who wasted fortunes on supporting the flops in South Africa, must be devastated.