We didn’t expect too much from England at the Euro 2012 tournament, and we didn’t get much either.
Alan Shearer – not upbeat on England future is another way of putting it
Apart from the game against Sweden, when England were good in the first half, awful in the first 20 minutes of the second half, and then came back very well to win the game 3-2, the other three games had England hanging on for dear life, from the very first whistle.
What a way to play the game – it’s hardly beautiful.
And we’re sick of the English TV commentators talking about hanging on, whenever England get ahead – what do they mean “hang on” – we should be looking to score more goals – that seems like an inferiority attitude to us.
I’m like a broken record when I say that the mental strength of England’s players is not good, and that manifests itself in the fact we have lost seven of the eight penalty shoot outs we’ve been in – in major tournaments.
And why do England play against France, Ukraine and Italy as if they will do well to draw the games 0-0 – where’s the positiveness in that approach?
The defense and goalkeeper were very good for England, but we need better midfielders and better strikers if we are to improve as a side, and maybe new manager Roy Hodgson can play a more attractive style of football from now on?
Alan Shearer doesn’t think England have the players for us to do well in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and it seems we should accept the fact that England are only mediocre – at the moment.
We simply cannot match teams like Spain, Germany, Italy, France and the some other top sides, and against Italy we weren’t too good at passing the ball either.
This is what the Newcastle great said about England today:
“It’s no good sitting here saying we will win the World Cup in two years’ time. The reality is we will not.” “The big thing people have spoken about is the togetherness and work ethic but if you just want 11 guys to go out and work hard, I can find you 11 men from Newcastle city center who will work their socks off.” (nice one Alan).
“That has to be a given, whether at a club or even more so for an international team.” “We are a million miles away from the top sides. Heads held high? Do you think France will go home to that reception?” “It’s a sign of how far behind we are now that we can go home and say we can hold our heads up high for getting into the quarter finals.”
“It’s no good sitting here saying we will win the World Cup in two years’ time,” “The reality is we will not.” “We have got to get out of the habit of going to tournaments thinking we can win it. This tournament has proven that. We need a change in culture and to be fair to the FA, they are trying to change things now.
“It’s going to take time to put these systems in place. Our league is the best in the world for entertainment, but only because it is full of foreigners.”
Alan is right on a lot of things he says, and it needed to be said too. And it’s not being negative when you tell the truth – plain and simple – that’s the first step to improving things.
And let’s not rush to blame new manager Roy Hodgson too quickly either, he can only use what’s available to him, but Roy is excellent at organization, and you could see that in all of England’s four games.
But the organization at Euro 2012 seemed to be to defend stubbornly and not to lose from the very first whistle, and at all costs.
There’s another way to look at the game of football – and that is to play attractive football and try to win the game – what a concept!!
And we’re not criticizing the players – they did their best and fought like crazy in the England shirt – but they just weren’t good enough.
We hope Roy will give more young players a chance in midfield and up front, but to end on a positive note, the defense at the moment is very good, let’s not forget that, and Joe Hart looks to be the goalkeeper we’ve been looking for since David Seaman hung up his gloves.
What do you think about this?