IS ENGLISH FOOTBALL GOING BACKWARDS
12xbetting.com views on England v Holland
Mixed responses in the mainstream press today following Englands 3-2 defeat to Holland at Wembley last night.
Stuart Pearce selected a young side in what is likely to be his only game in charge of the national side following Fabio Capello`s resignation. The thinking behind his decision was to experiment with different personnel as playing Lampard, Terry and Cole for example would not tell him what he did not already know about the Chelsea trio. This off course is perfectly correct. However this then begs the question what exactly did he learn from last nights friendly? My instinct is last nights defeat only confirmed what non biased interested parties already knew. English football at International level is going backwards.
The commentator pre match quite gleefully told us this was a match which according to FIFA rankings was between the fourth and fifth best ranked sides in world. Not for him the idea of England ranking at number five might be ever so slightly fanciful.
To be fair the Dutch did field a very strong line up and were the World Cup runners up but once the match started it followed an all to all familiar pattern.
The ease with which their players were composed on the ball contrasts sharply to Englands lack of real technical ability which no interim boss or even the new guy at the healm will be able to rectify.
As a fan I find this deeply depressing and with the Euros on the horizon I find myself believing qualifying from the group would be exceeding my expectations.
Scott Parker needs gifted footballers along side him in midfield to be effective, something England are bereft of and the fact he was captain shows the real lack of outstanding footballers in the engine room of the side.
Joe Hart is a first class goalkeeper, Ashley Cole on his day is as good a full back as anyone and Wayne Rooney although over hyped is capable of outstanding moments although we are still waiting on big International occassions.
Last night showed the future is not good enough to achieve success any time soon and I believe whoever is in charge in the summer will go with the tried and tested. What is the alternative?
It is becoming accepted that a new manager will not be appointed anytime soon which all points to Harry Redknap taking the reins at the end of the season. I for one do not believe that the media darling Harry will make the slightest bit difference to Englands fortunes. Beeing a cheeky chappie cockney and playing along with the hacks at a press conference does not hide the fact Harry does not have an outstanding CV.
Patriotic yes, got Spurs playing good football yes, but a winner at the highest level?
When Capello became the boss Harry was lavish in his praise saying how much he respected the Italian and that if he could not do anything with England no one could. Short memories indeed as Fabio was told good riddance.
Until England stop this notion that the national side continually under achieves and accepts that our game is in decline and we do not have players good enough at top level the sooner we can start to address the problem.
Good luck to whoever picks up the poisoned chalice.
IS SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ON ITS DEATHBED
With only 2 weeks to go before the start of the new season I think the sensible thing is to postpone the start of the new season. This fiasco with teams not even knowing what division they will be playing in will not be sorted out in time.
Teams do not even know what if any TV money they will receive, hence despite everything, the numpties at the SPL are still trying to formulate a plan to save the new Rangers from the indignity of life at the bottom. David Murray and Craig Whyte should be in the dock in the highest court in the land for inflicting this amount of disgrace on a Scottish institution, as well as making Scottish football even more of an embarrassment. I believe the enormity of the situation has finally dawned on rivals Celtic, despite statements to the contrary, as they begin to realise it will be impossible to flourish as a club and achieve success in Europe without beeing able to attract quality signings playing in a one team championship. Time will tell how this works out but I truly believe Scottish football as a product will never again produce the players it did in the sixties, seventies and eighties, not only because of the demise of the Ibrox giants, but from the lack of leadership and vision from the blazers at Park Gardens as well as talented individuals at grass roots level . Rangers had to be punished for their financial scams but I for one want only the best for Scottish football. Petty tribalism is killing the game and every genuine football person, be it club chairman or paying punter has to play a positive part if the game is to rise from its death bed. I also believe all genuine football fans will recognise the loyalty and dignity displayed by Ally Mcoist, a Rangers man to his toe nails who every day has witnessed and has had to deal with the nightmare happening before his own eyes. A lesser individual would have walked by now. Unfortunately the new ownership, led by Mr Charles Green, who in my opinion is another asset stripper does not understand such matters. Watch your back Alistair. Finally good luck to the bookmakers pricing up the pantomine that is Scottish football. To all my subscribers, rest assured I will be giving it a wide berth.
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