England Needs To Deliver Tomorrow – And No Excuses

We saw today all the teams that played in the World Cup gave of their very best, so we expect England to do exactly the same thing tomorrow.

Steven Gerrard – England captain must lead by example tomorrow

A win by England against Slovenia tomorrow will see them advance to the final 16, and then things could well be right back on track for an England side that totally and completely misfired against Algeria.

They put in what looked a completely gutless display in a match that was so important to the England side – not to mention our country – and the fans were right to boo them off the field.

Fabio Capello has it 100% right when he says it’s all in the minds with our England players, and it’s about time our boys showed what they are made of, and put in a gutsy and quality all-out display of passionate football tomorrow, before it’s too late.

It’s a game England can and should win if they play anywhere near their capabilities.

The team selection of  England manager Fabio Capello will be important, and we have to hope that Emile Heskey is left out of the side,  and some fresh blood is brought in, since players Fabio has relied on against the USA and Algeria have been far too scared to perform anywhere near their best.

But all is not lost, and we expect the England boys to come out and give the performance of their lives tomorrow against Slovenia, and if they come out fighting, we know England fans will support them to the very end – but they must earn that respect.

We would love for Fabio Capello – who seems to have been completely shocked by the inept performance of his England players so far in this World Cup – to name the following starting eleven for tomorrow’s game:

Johnson Terry Upson Cole (A)
Wright-Phillips Barry Gerrard (c) Cole (J)
Crouch Rooney

That’s a decent side, even though Frank Lampard isn’t starting,  and we need some goal-scorers like Peter Crouch in the firing line, rather than the inept Emile Heskey – who couldn’t shoot himself out of a paper bag.

Yes, Emile’s link-up play is very good and he plays the ball off well, but when you are a striker you always get chances in the box, and you have to be able to put them in the net, and Emile has proven over his career that he just cannot do that.

Wayne Rooney will also need to stop using all his energy arguing and swearing,  and start playing the great football we all know he is capable of,  but we haven’t seen that from him in an England shirt for far too long.

We hope the England fans’ boos at the end of the Algeria game, will spur Wayne on to give 100% effort tomorrow, and also hopefully help him find some of the world-class play that we all know he is capable of.

Wayne should  let his play do all the talking – otherwise he will have had a second woefully disappointing World Cup.

All is not lost by any means, and we should know within the first 15 minutes of the game tomorrow, what’s in store for England fans.

If the lads come out and play like our Newcastle boys did in most of our games last season in the Championship, England should win the game going away, and a good win would also win them group C, whatever the USA does against Algeria.

We are hoping that’s just exactly what happens tomorrow, and England expects the players to play their hearts out, as  though their lives depended on it.

If they do that they will win the game and England will advance to the final 16, and we’ll all be deliriously happy, and have to find something else to complain about. :D.

Come On England!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I think its ridiculous capello is coming under attack after two bad result,s when prevoiusly his tactics and man management did so well during the qualifier.

    However i also see what terry said wrong.

    The general feeling is is that Lennon will be dropped for milner or cole. Ridiculous if you ask me as Gerrard doesnt play well out wide and he shouldnt play out there just to fit him and lampard in the team. And if it is between Cole or milner its a no brainer for cole really.

    An early england goal is so crucial tomorrow. Its the same for newcastle last season, so many games against less quality opposition were over and done with becuase hughton had us going out all guns blazing looking for the early goal.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 23, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #2

    However i also FAIL TO SEE what terry said wrong

    is what i meant to say

  • Thump

    Jun 23, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #3

    The team Fab will start:

    Johnson Terry Carragher Cole (A)
    Lennon Barry Gerrard (c) Lampard (J)
    Heskey Rooney

    The result we will get: 2-0 Slovenia

  • liamHWTT

    Jun 23, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #4

    “England should win the game going away, and a good win would also win them group C, whatever the USA does against Algeria. ”

    Huh? England can beat Slovenia 2-0 tomorrow (“a good win”, “going away”) and the US beating Algeria 3-0, or any goal diff one better than what England does, will see the US win the group.

  • G

    Jun 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I did toy with the idea of going to this tournament, so pleased I saved myself a few grand by staying at home and watching in the pub. I am hoping the big screen will be making an appearance outside the life centre today, right outside the office in time for the kick-off exodus.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    “sorry” but i hope slovenia gets through to the next stage.. based on your performances u dont deserve to go through.. my only concern are slovenias 2 center backs..they’re the weakest link in our squad.. but we have one of the best keepers on this planet..good attack..hard working midfield & birsa who’ll score a hat trick ;D

  • toonboyjake

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    carragher is banned and did you mean cole on the left not lampard?
    i think joe hart should be given a game so that all 3 keepers have a chance this world cup
    also believe crouch and defoe should start up front and bring rooney on at 60mins for defoe
    my starting line up would be

    johnson upson terry cole(a)
    lennon barry gerrard cole(j)
    crouch defoe

  • G

    Jun 23, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    nightfa11@6. You are right in a sense that we do not deserve to go through based on performances so far. In terms of what we fans expect, the team at least owe us a decent performance for the last group game.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    ‘…AND NO EXCUSES’ (Ed)

    How about the fact that individually we don’t have many terribly good players, and as a team we are utterly clueless when things get tough?

    And even if we do scrape through, it just defers the inevitable.

    Give the job to ‘Arry or Woy, they could squeeze it in part time – ’cause that all it is in the end if we are honest. Any one of us punters would pick a better team than Capello has so far. And if the problem is in the player’s minds, then surely it’s his job to dispel it – which he has patently failed to do.

    Besides, the players know the team selection’s crap, and many look uncomfortable playing out of position – so how is that lack of cohesion going to work long term, exactly?

    The FA got this wrong big time. Shell out the compensation & start again.

    (And whatever did happen to the FA’s 25 jabulani practice balls?)

  • toon18

    Jun 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Johnson Terry Dawson Cole

    Lampard Barry
    Lennon J Cole/Milner


  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 23, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Nightfall….i read alot about your keeper before the tournament…then saw him cower for Donovans shot which didnt really follow what i had read.

    but i think we should nick it, only just as any chance of us underestimating slovenia has gone.

  • dave 1961

    Jun 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12

    the rat eater should be in prison


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