I just watched the press conference that England’s John Terry gave the the media yesterday, and it gives us hope that lads can indeed turn things around and beat Slovenia on Wednesday.
John Terry – a real leader for England
John gave a very good 15 minutes interview where he admitted the lads played with no passion at all against Slovenia, and they would change that big time on Wednesday.
John Terry came across as who he is – a born leader who whether he is captain or not will remain a leader of the England team, and he’s probably performed the best, along with current captain Steven Gerrard – when he’s not played out of position.
But you have to question Fabio Capello’s team selection and in that first game against the USA, 3 players we didn’t expect – Robert Green, James Milner and Emile Heskey all had negative influences in that game.
Robert made the mistake for the US goal, James Milner was taken off after 30 minutes in case he got a second yellow card and seemed completely out of control, and striker Emile Heskey had a wonderful chance to win the game for England in the second hal f, but missed the chance, which is far too usual for Emile.
Then in the inept and uninspiring game against Algeria, Gerrard was played out of position on the left, with Barry being brought in, and looked half the player he was in that first game, but Fabio did have David James in goal, and James had a solid game.
With Jamie Carragher getting his second yellow card, a third new partner at center-back will need to be found for John Terry, but we have to think that Fabio will bring in Matthew Upson, if only because he’s played well at the back for England when playing alongside John Terry.
We think Steven Gerrard and John terry are two important players for England on Wednesday and we’d like to see Joe Cole brought into the side.
Frank Lampard never seems to play well with Steven Gerrard, and doesn’t play as well for Emngland as he plays every week for Chelsea.
And certainly Frank didn’t get a hold of the central midfield against Algeria, and we think Fabio may well drop him for Wednesday.
We’d like to see Steven Gerrard play in central midfield just behind Wayne Rooney.
We also thought that Barry added solidity to the defense, and picked up a lot of balls in his defensive midfield position, and we were impressed with Wright-Phillips’ energy when he came on, and Lennon was a little disappointing.
So here’s the side we ‘d like to see start against Slovenia:
Johnson Terry Upson Cole (A)
Wright-Phillips Barry Gerrard (c) Cole (J)
The Italy draw with New Zealand yesterday, and France’s apparent implosion and confusion at their training camp yesterday will, if anything, help the England side come together, but it’s a do or die game for England in two days time.
England must beat Slovenia if they are to make it through to the round of the last 16, and we expect every single England player to play well and with significant passion on Wednesday – as though their lives depended on it.