England Players Still Refusing To Take Responsibility


We just wrote a piece on Argentina’s almost triumphant return yesterday to Buenos Aires, and in truth the Argentine side was a credit to their country – unlike a certain England side too full of prima donnas.

Capello – he’s staying on – unlike some senior England players

We read the articles yesterday in the Sunday papers, with some un-named senior players blaming Capello for everything and the kitchen sink yesterday.

Capello made mistakes, he’s admitted that, but the look on his face when the England team played like little kids against Algeria, was there for all to see – he was a shocked as anybody.

And it’s hardly Capello’s fault that his goalkeeper throws the ball in the net, and against Germany the England players defended little better than schoolboys, but only just better.

If they can find those “senior players” who were quoted criticizing Capello for anything and everything yesterday, they should name them, and they should never play ever again for England. It’s been that kind of cat-calling that has ruined the England team for far too long.

In polls in the English papers,  it’s very clear the fans hold the players responsible for the debacle more than anybody else – and once again these supposedly great players are too scared to perform on the big stage.

They were hardly a credit to England during the World Cup – were they?

But surely that is the last we’ll see sof some of the older England players who are in the team regularly,  but have rarely ever produced their club form for their country.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Wallsend Will

    Jul 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Capello knows who the so called “senior players” are, of that I’m sure. Now that he’s got the backing of the FA, despite his own mistakes he will make significant changes to future England squads. Concentrate on building a team of players, who will “bust a gut” to play for their country. Young or old, complete footballers, or willing plodders, it matters little. Try them all, probables against possibles in “test matches” to find the best “TEAM ENGLAND”.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 5, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Double standards!

    Argentinian heros, English Villians?

    Yeah Capello needs to start from scratch and I’d rather have him as manager than Maradona.

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  • Greg P

    Jul 5, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #3

    To be fair to Ed, I’m in South America and Argentina scraped through qualifying losing to Bolivia and entered the World Cup with a mismatch of stars has-beens and lower league players.
    There are a group of players who were past it (Heinze, Veron, Palermo), some who play in weak leagues (such as Jonas and the Argentina based players) and then the Messi. Tevez etc.
    England has a solid base of players who should be outperfoming side like this.
    The Germans on the other hand are proving that those critics who destroyed the Eng U21’s for losing 4-1 last season were far too early. The core have gone on to beat the full English and Argentinian sides. We need to praise our youngsters for getting to the final and allow them to now come through and ship out players such as Lampard and Terry who won’t be any use come 2014.

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 6, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #4

    England same level as Japan and South Korea

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  • Ericles

    Jul 6, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Time to find a new song sheet. Capello must start again from scratch. He must not persist with those who in the Enland “team” who see themselves as catwalk prima donnas and image pursuers. Chuck out the likes of Terry and Lampard not in time for 2014 but Europe in 2012!

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  • MrT76

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    The biggest problem with the England team, apart from the over inflated egos and salaries, is that the coaching setups in this country are utter bollocks. I can’t remember exact figures, but in England we have a piddling couple of thousand professional coaches, whereas the Germans have something along the lines of 32000.

    We also have a situation whereby the Premier League holds more power than the FA. The reason that our clubs will never get the luxury of a winter break is because there is far too much revenue generated by the traditional Boxing day games and seeing as how our league is so financially driven, they would never change that as long as I’ve got a hole in my arse.

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