English folk have been waiting since 1966 for any silverware to “come home”. So, who is to blame for the lack of success? Many put it down to the players and their increasing wages and lack of performance on pitch, others put more aspect on The Premier League itself and its seemingly take-over of the foreign legion. Too many players on too much money. There are so many “ifs” and “buts“, we haven’t seen too many young stars shine through from the under 21’s under Capello with the exception of Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshire, Joe Hart and arguably a few more.
My point is, has it been down to the managers in charge of England? In recent times Sven-Goren Eriksson & Steve McClaren have all had failures at the reign, and have been under intense scrutiny from the media. This brings me to my point of interest, Monsieur Capello has continually left out important players in the squad. Some say Michael Owen should still play for England, take his record for example 40 goals in 89 appearances – impressed?
On the other side of the coin youngsters like Jack Wilshire, Leighton Baines, Jordan Henderson, John Flanagan, Phil Jones, Jay Spearing, Scott Sinclair, Jason Steele, Martin Kelly, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling are all waiting in the ranks and are either left in the Under 21’s or not even picked at all!
It has been brought to my attention players such as Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Glen Johnson to name a few have all kept their place’s in the side . Players who have repeated made errors such as Robert Green and Matthew Upson are still seen by Capello as English standard. When will he see that these players should be set aside and the youngsters should be given a chance. We have failed under this line-up time and time again. All have played in World Cups and have struggled, we English feel we are out of depth with these players, proven at club level yet struggled at International level. Football is a fickle business, you have to be ruthless at times.
And what is this Captain situation all about. Surely a sign of weakness is to go back on your decision, John Terry you are either captain or not captain – not both!
Don’t stop me, I do know of course Capello will step down as England boss after the European Championships in 2012, and it cant come soon enough. It already took him far too long in selecting Joe Hart, Jack Wilshire and Scott Parker in the side. They do now seem regulars in the team – music to my ears I say!
Capello had success at club level, notably in Italy and Spain – but in England he is out of depth. An English football team should have an English manager who knows the game in an out through and through. We’ve seen these players grow up at club level, we know who is capable and who is not, whether it be Sam Allardyce, Stuart Pearce, Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson or maybe somebody else, we are a proud nation and England should represent England.
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