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.