Friday, 18 June 2010

The World Cup in South Africa

Can anyone quite believe what is going on? Fabio Capello who we all thought had at long last put together a half decent team is acting like a demented fool on the touchline and his team is reacting to it. He seems to have real blind spots and unless he gets back to reality then we will be home before the competition begins in earnest.

It is quite clear that some of our stalwarts are underperforming. The two principle candidates are Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard. Rooney appears to be lost. He cannot beat a man, cannot control the ball and his current lack of energy actually threatens the team. Lampard is also so far off the pace that he is rarely seen in promising positions.

Surely Capello can see this? Why can he not recognise that players he has previously seen as essential to his quest are not performing? What has he got against Joe Cole and Peter Crouch? I would like to see Crouch and Heskey just once as a dual strike force but it never happens. Rooney should be playing behind the strike force. Why does Capello persist in speedy wingers with no end product. Most English supporters agree that Crouch and Joe Cole should be first choice players and yet they are consistently ignored.

If we are to save our faces and actually threaten a team like Slovenia (can I believe that I am writing this?) then Capello has got to have the courage to sacrifice a couple of sacred cows. He must change his system of at least find a system. I feel sorry for people like Glen Johnson, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gareth Barry because they are stepping up to the mark. To be honest Emile Heskey is also really trying but he is all physical and we need some skill up front.

Get it sorted Fabio or some of us will be proven correct when we believed that veteran English managers like Roy Hodgson or 'Arry' would have been better options. I have my fingers tightly crossed.

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