England Still Soul Searching – Is Harry Redknapp The Answer?


The soul searching continues about England’s worst performance ever in a World Cup game, after being humiliated 4-1 by the impressive looking and young Germany side.

Fabio Capello – is it the end of the road?

As much as England disappointed their fans with a terrible performance, to be fair to the Germans they played great and it was a terrific performance from them – in a game that really mattered.

And yesterday Fabio Capello held a news conference and made it very clear he wanted to stay as England manager, but strangely the FA is to take two weeks before deciding his fate – which seems a surprising development.

This is some of what Capello told reporters at a press conference in South Africa:

“I spoke this morning with (Club England chairman) Sir Dave Richards and he told me that he needs two weeks to decide.”

And quickly Fabio was asked whether he wanted to stay in his role as England manager, and the Italian said:

“Absolutely. I said I can be the manager of England for the next season, but it is for him (Richards) to decide.”

“We spoke also about the players that can play for the next qualification and I know what I have to do.”

And Capello offered the excuse – that’s all it is – that his players were tired after their hectic Premier League season.

But most of the top players at this tournament have played just as many games, if not more, than the England players – so please let’s not churn out the same old excuses. Of course when you keep losing you have to look for some excuses – and we English are very  good at that, after 46 years of not winning anything at all.

The only truth is the England team played hopeless in all their games, sealed their fate by getting just two points from their first two group games, and then were literally outplayed and taken apart by a German side who didn’t have the supposed “big stars” in their team that England had.

Alan Shearer has come out today and levelled the blame right at Fabio – but hey – our overpaid England players keep letting the country down in every major tournament and they get as much as Capello earns at £6M a year – so where’s the responsibility for these overpaid and over-rated “stars”?

It’s not quite fair to put all the responsibility on Fabio, and the England players have to take most of it – but some of these England players should never play for England again.

Players like Emile Heskey, Robert Green and Matthew Upson to name just three, should never wear the England shirt again, and the players should be picked for how they perform for England, rather than how great they play for their clubs.

After all German stars  Miroslav Klose  and  Lukas Podolski  had terrible seasons for their club sides, yet they were kept in the German side, and they always play great for their country.

If Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney had played for England like they play for their clubs,  England would be one of the best teams in the world – but they never replicate their club form for their country – never.

If indeed they decide to sack Capello, then surely a certain Harry Redknapp is the one to take over – he’s English through and through and Harry can get his players to play for him.

And even though he has a great job at Tottenham right now, and has worked wonders for the London club over the last 20 months. taking them from bottom place Newcastle were second bottom at that time) to a Champions League place.  he’s a guy who would take it as his duty to accept the England job if it was offered to him.

Harry would at least get the players to play for him 100% – and that was something badly missing in this World Cup.

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35 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    why are people blaming Capello, the players are the ones that showed no passion for the shirt. Redknapp would be a lot worse than Capello, then it would once again be another managers fault. It lies solely at the players door. They are pathetic. Keep Capello

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I wrote in some of the preious threads that Boselli would be my first option for a striker,and i aso wrote that 6 mill could be enough to get him.Well…maybe in my next life 🙁

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3034279/Wigan-sign-Mauro-Boselli-from-Estudiantes.html

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    He dont hve a transfer wage to work with so arry is uselss

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlietoon I agree 100% he has bankrupted every club he’s been with, Bournemouth, West Ham & Portsmouth. So Spurs better watch out

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  • Stevo

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #6

    No, he looks like a raggy doll.

    Totally agree with MarkO. Players fault. He does however need to start bringing in players from the youth teams in time for the Euro competition. The Germans based their World Cup team on their U21 winning team and it’s done wonders to their development.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Forgot Southampton he f*cked them as well

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Romaric is available for 4.5 mill euros as a asking price…3.5 is enough to get him i think.

    Excellent player for that price imo

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  • kakaobi

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Brian Blessed sould be England manager.
    Keep Capello get rid of players who picked the last 2 teams, player power is to big in England.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    He F8cked Southampton I forgot them

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    he first needs to be a human being check how he treats pearce (co-worker ffs). check the video.

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  • noir9

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Why is it that england have to have a scapegoat? Is the truth that your not as good as you thought just to much? Englands failure was caused by a combination of problems & mistakes not just that you have a strict italian manager or that there’s no winter break. England have 3/4 very good players & when they don’t perform the rest are just not good enough, when these guys play for their clubs they are surrounded by quality players from around the world. Only a couple of months ago capello was the best thing since sliced bread & all the talk was of “who england would meet in the semi’s” & then it started to go tits-up with affairs, injurys,scandal etc etc

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  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t get ur point nightfal, he is atleast passionate about the team playing well, shows he’s in charge and highlites some points like the players not pressing……

    I still don’t get ur over the top reaction…. we scored a perfectly good equaliser which could have/would have changed the whole dynamics of the game, we would not have pressed so hard for an equaliser and caught out on the counter BECAUSE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2 flippin 2.

    anyway…. posted earlier:

    Sepp Blatter has apologised to the F.A. and says the debate about goal-line technology will reopen next month.

    “Former Football Association technical director Howard Wilkinson fears England’s fortunes could get worse ” saying:

    “Undoubtedly, the pool of players from whom we will be choosing in four years will be smaller than the pool now, and that will continue.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8770192.stm

    could only get worse for the national team.

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    i like wc’s cos there u can see that some ping pong from central korea who costs 50k is better then 18 million g. johnson. the fact is ALL english players are really overrated…

    …& capello’s still an idiot.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    The German side isnt quite German,,,only 30% are pure Germans,the rest is Turkish,Polish,Algerian,Ghanian

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  • Stevo

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t believe you have to be ‘pure English’ to play for the English national team. Owen Hargreaves wasn’t.

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    yeah..passion my ass. to pearce: “come, come sit down, now fu*k off”..

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Stevo…..Arteta for England then 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Partizan: they were born in germany. that should do.

    if we go down that road we can have discussions about defore, heskey, wright phillips, g.johnson, rio, d.james, etc etc. being english.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d rather have capello behaving like that than Sven (although I liked Sven) sitting there in silence.

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  • Stevo

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Partizan – Damn right! Why not! Get Almunia between the sticks! 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    u should do what every nation did except for you. appoint U21 coach to lead ur senior squad & ask lampard & gerrard to retire – its time for new generation.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23

    The biggest dissapointment for me was no other than Terry…..i cant believe that this guy is making 160k pw

    Cole,Johnson,Rooney…i’d swap them all for Honda from Japan 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    mac – this is “playing” with a man who has a lower position in the team. if u dont have normal relations among the coaching (who are all 50+) staff, how the f*ck can u expect ur team will be functional?

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  • G

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Been sat here trying to guess what kind of line up we will have for 2012 matches? I know there is a lot of calendar between now and then, but so far I only have:

    GK Joe Hart
    LB ?
    RB ?
    CB ?
    CB ?
    LM Adam Johnson
    RM ?
    CM James Milner
    CM ?
    CF Wayne Rooney
    CF ?
    There are some players from the current squad who may be in there (A. Cole?) but asside from that, I would give it a clean sweep.

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Partizan: yead..ditto. for me the worst player in england squad: G.Johnson. cant belive he costed 18 mil. disgrace. rooney least had a good game againt slovenia, but still a huge disappointment.

    if i had to pick best england player of the tournament, id have to say……Green.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    “u should do what every nation did except for you”

    Ah ok I get it you are not English?

    lol

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    yeah..hit me where it hurts..

    ;D

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  • Partizan

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    G…..Only take out either Gerrard or Lampard or Barry,i could not believe my eyes when Fabio was playing all 3 of them.

    The midfield imo should be like this

    ………………………Dm-Barry……………………………
    Rm-Lennon………Cm-Lampard…Lm-Johnson…..

    ………………………Rooney…….Carroll………………

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  • G

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Partizan, I left Barry out, because he clearly isn’t capable of throwing a challenge with a 10 year lead. I left Gerrard out because he was going for individual glory rather than the team, I left Lampard out because of the previous 3 games where he was fairly anonymous. With regard to the players you have there, Lennon just doesnt look international class to me, as for Carroll, well I think he has it all to prove, although he fits the big front man profile prefered by our last umpteen international managers. Lets see if he can perform consistently in the prem first.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    I’d have Gerrard any day over lampard who imo has rarely played well for England and playing Gerrard on the left was a waste of a talented player.

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  • G

    Jun 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree MacToon at 29, but I still think they should both now be dropped from England. Its time to rebuild the team, and work on a core of players that can compete in 2012, and in Brasil in 2014.

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  • countrylad14

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #33

    i would think a potential team for 2012 could be….

    GK- Joe Hart
    LB- Ashley Cole/Kieran Gibbs
    RB- Micah Richards
    CB – Gary Cahill/Nedum Onuoha
    CB – John Terry/ Michael Dawson
    LM Adam Johnson
    RM Theo Walcot
    CM James Milner/ Joe Cole
    CM Fabrice Muamber/O’Hara
    CF Wayne Rooney
    CF Gabriel Agbonlahor

    example….
    …………………………Hart……………………….
    ……………Cahill……………..Terry……………
    Richards……………………………………..Cole
    …………………….Muamber…………………….

    …………….Cole………………Johnson………..

    Walcot……………Rooney…….. Agbonlahor

    just a thought and a bit of fun like but there is alot of time between now and then god knows whos gonna be the stand out players in the next few years??………P Jones? (Blackburn), C Smalling? (Man U), J Rodwell? (Everton) D Sturridge? (Chelsea), Tom Cleverly? (Man U)
    Jack Wilshire? (Arsenal), A Carroll? (The Mighty Toon).

    i think its gonna be exciting times ahead if england start looking to build a team from the younger players for the next world cup!

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #34

    countrylad14 –

    ashley young for walcott & ur good to go.

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  • countrylad14

    Jun 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    i forgot about Ashley Young he’s a very good player aswel. there are alot of good young English players coming through out there and i for one am not worried at all that the so called golden generation are finally over the hill. its time for change….lets look at the youth and build for 2014!

    Ive got a feeling being left out of the world cup squad will spur Theo Walcot on to become a better player….well i hope so!

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