Well, the game was just about won yesterday in Moscow. But England were told at half time to defend at all costs and hang onto the lead.
That was their downfall and if we had kept playing like in the first half, we could and should have buried Russia yesterday.
It was down to not having enough confidence in our boys, who after all, are very good players. Is it time for McClaren to go? He should never have been appointed in the first place.
England Manager Steve McClaren – a victim of his own negative tactics
Talking after the England defeat to Russia on BBC TV yesterday Alan Shearer said:
“We should qualify from this group with the players we have and it looks doubtful now.â€
“I’m not saying he (McClaren) should go now, we still have to play Croatia. But if we don’t qualify, which looks unlikely, England should make a change.”
Steve McClaren has tried to blame Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo for the “disgraceful” decision that helped England to be close to humiliating failure to reach Europe 2008. But thatâ€™s just an excuse and if Steve had shown more courage by not trying to hang on in the second half we wouldnâ€™tâ€™ now be in this position.
We cannot help but think of the world cup last year when we were 1-0 up in the first half against Paraguay, not exactly a world force in football. But after the goal we hung on, whereâ€™s the confidence, whereâ€™s the pride. The same happened in Moscow yesterday – we could have buried Russia.
McClaren, who should never have been appointed England manager in the first place, admitted after the game:
“We had the goal, we just had to sit on it and defend”.
But his negative tactics at the start of the second-half to hold out with a ‘backs to the wall’ battle plan was ridiculous. Whereâ€™s the confidence in the England team, we have some of the best players in the world. But if we go out to defend guess what? The other team will attack and create chances which is what happened in the second half.
The fact it came from a penalty was Wayne Rooney’s fault. Letâ€™s not make excuses and blame anyone around for the disaster. It was of Englandâ€™s making, let s be clear about that. But not Steve McClaren.
Steve McClaren said:
“It is an absolute disgrace.â€“We were comfortable, and they were running out of ideas. If that penalty had not been awarded, I am absolutely confident we would have won the game. We were in total control.â€
“I am not blaming anybody – but the penalty was given by a referee in a bad position because it was outside the box.
“I don’t fault the players; I don’t fault their attitude; I don’t fault their endeavor – and I don’t fault what they did in the game.â€
“Because of one decision, we went from being in a winning position to losing.”
No, but we fault your tactics and excuses. Isn’t it about time we stopped making excuses for our defeats and be more truthful. At least that will clear the air. Itâ€™s also about time we had more faith in the side and not tell them to defend at all costs once we take the lead in a game.
Maybe we could have won the game 3-0 yesterday. With a more positive manager and somebody who is used to success we could have easily buried Russia.Â They were there for the taking.
Hey, what’s Jose Mourinhoâ€™s telephone number these days 😀