England put an end to their World Cup campaign and their misery in South Africa today, by completely capitulating to an ordinary German side 4-1, and it could have been even worse.
Fabio Capello – his last game in charge of England?
One of the problems we’ve kept pointing out about the English players, is that in big games they wilt mentally, and it seems these big games are just too much for them.
Germany went 2-0 up in the first half through weak goals from an England perspective, and it was Klose (20 mins) and Lukas Podolski (32 mins) again – both born in Poland we may add – who scored for their country.
These two lads always play out of their skins for their country – England players please take note.
And the England defense was woeful for both goals, especially Upson, who just isn’t good enough at this level of football.
Then Upson scored with a header after 37 minutes to make up for his mistake, and bring England back into the game, and then Lampard hit a goal which was a yard over the line after it bounced down off the cross-bar.
It was similar to the goal in the World Cup final in 1966 from Geoff Hurst, but that one was 2 inches over the line and this one was 36 inched over the line.
But amazingly – and to the embarrassment of FIFA since the world was watching – the goal was disallowed and it was way over the line for heavens sakes.
FIFA really has to address these concerns and they should not remain silent, but come out and address the issue, and say what they are going to to about it – this was the worst call ever in the World Cup and will be shown for decades to come.
FIFA could come out and suspend the referee and the culpable linesman for not allowing the goal, as it clearly bounced way over the line – where were they looking – which planet were they on?
Photo showing the ball way over the line – and still disallowed
England started the second half doing what they had to do – attack – and a second goal would put them right back in it.
But following an England corner, a quick German break-away on 67 minutes caught the defense short and Germany scored an easy goal though Muller, although James in the England goal should have done better.
The Germans simply out-paced the England defenders, who seemed to have lead in their boots.
And then would you believe it, Germany scored again from another fast break-away in a similar style after 70 minutes, and it was Muller again who scored so easily – with the England defense decimated for the second time in 3 minutes.
England will probably talk about the disallowed goal, but in the end it really didn’t matter at all, as England were simply walloped by a better Germany side in what was their worst World Cup embarrassment since England lost to the USA 1-0, some 60 years ago.
This turned out to be England’s worst result ever in the World Cup finals, and when was the last time England conceded 4 goals in a World Cup game – never.
The less said the better about this performance, because not only did the England players lack skill and not play anywhere near their best, but they showed no commitment or guts at all.
And to make things even worse, the last 20 minutes was played out with the England players waiting (or were they praying?) for the final whistle to come – what a disgrace that was to watch such an England surrender.
But alas, the England players have shown once again that in these big games, when it really counts – it’s just too much for them.
Every England player who played in this game will have a black mark against his name – and I’ll not even mention Wayne Rooney, who was again terrible for the second World Cup in a row.
You cannot be called a world-class player if you cannot play on the world stage.
We expect Fabio Capello to resign nimbly, before he is sacked by the English FA – because Fabio will have a difficult time continuing after this disgraceful performance by the England team at the World Cup with all the world watching.
It was a crippling and embarrassing defeat for England, to be sure.