World Cup ac­tion and re­ac­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

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