Alan Shearer Downbeat On England Future – With Good Reason

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?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    hey if were wishin ad rather have all english that won something, but will settle for a healthy balance

  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Roy obviously stole Pardews tactic book for the Euros

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed ther is no such word as positiveness as far as i know

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    But only managed to find time to read the first 3rd of the book… How to defend!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed Does make a good point though,

    3 out of 4 games hanging on for dear life and when they knocked out

    headlines read

    We gave all we had
    we should be proud of ourselves

  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m pretty sure he also read the ‘How to give the ball away cheaply’ chapter in which Pardew mentions that the tactic here is to play Willo at CB and ask him to just boot it up field.

    God the idea of Willo being our back up CB again frightens me.

  • chris_g

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Indian – there is such a word as positiveness, but ther is no such word as ther

  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Will apparently is excited about the prosepect of the Europa Leauge.

    It’s a good job you get channel 5 on free view.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Chris G
    its There not ther, error

  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian you really have become a nuisance.

    Apart from the odd ‘first’ you used to have something interesting to say and now you waste your time and ours by continuosly posting links to articles you’ve written and critiquing Ed’s posts like your some kind of expert.

    I think your standards have dropped to such a degree that I am now finind myself fed up of you non-sensical ramblings, and I’m sorry to say, I doubt I am the only one.

    Return to your old way, interesting and informative debates and please only post your links once or twice.

    I am not the blog police but your not the blog dictator either.

  • NewcastleMole

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11


    I thought the Europa League was on ITV & ESPN this year?

  • iamnufc

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Did someone call the blog police??;)

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    who said i was the blog dictator

  • iamnufc

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Guys a question, do u think our best first team is suited more to the bpl style of play or European style of football?
    Let me know your thoughts

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    If any 1 else feels the same way as Beattie 25, then my apologies to Him/Her

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #16

    My Thanks to Ed for letting me post my articles,

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m not sure its fair to critisize the commentaters for having an inferiority complex,when we are indeed inferior.
    What gets me is that so many of our players regularly play Champions league football and do well, yet when you put an England shirt on their backs they fail too make a 10 yard pass, there has too be some psychology there somewhere, how can they suddenly become so inept at keeping the ball when playing for England

  • toonincheek

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Indian –
    What’s up?
    You haven’t posted a link to one of your articles (yet?)

  • toonincheek

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Indian @15
    Thanks for your apolgies.
    Beattie was, perhaps, a little harsh – but only a little!

  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    England are shocking, simple. And Roy Hodgson definitely isnt the answer. Im not blaming him for the Euro’s, he did what he could, althought very negative, but we would ahve got ripped apart trying to attack any of the decent teams because they’re mile ahead of us.

    We need a new manager who likes to play passing attacking football, Hodgson doesn’t. We nee to start from scratch as Germany did, out with ALL of the older players, forget results for a while and concentrate on blooding our youngsters on free flowing attacking football.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    toon in cheek dont worry on their way

  • ToonAndy

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    De Jong – 10 mill
    Debuchy – 6.5
    Anita – 7 million???

    Who says we should add an extra 2 million to what Ajax want for Anita and push for Vertoghen… In this situation he would see us as a very attractive proposition… He can play left back, centre back and DM and all very well!! We’d be stupid to miss out


    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    As for England, just copy the Germans and bleed out better youth players until they come good.

    GK – Joe Hart
    RB – Kyle Walker
    LB – Ryan Bertrand
    CD – Phil Jones
    CD – Chris Smalling
    RCM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    DM – Jack Wiltshire
    LCM – Adam Johnson
    RF – Theo Walcott
    CF – Andy Carroll
    LF – Daniel Sturridge

    and reserves

    GK – Jack Butland
    RB -Glen Johnson
    LB Kieran Gibbs
    CD – Gary Cahill
    CD – Micah Richards
    RM – Josh Mc Eachran
    DM – Jack Rodwell
    LM – Jonjo Shelvey
    RF – Danny Welbeck
    CF – Wayne Rooney
    LF – Tom Cleverley

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Nick 69, I really don’t think tactics come into it, the simple fact is if the players aren’t good enough we will not win, I don’t think that bringing the youngsters in would do any good either, from what I have seen they appear to be as talentless as the older players
    Your suggestion of encouraging free flowing football needs to be done with kids who are under 10 years of age, they would grow up doing it, doing it with our under 21’s would probably be too late

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    ToonAndy we could offer Ajax £15m for the pair of them, Ajax could tell Vertonghen that Anita was responsible for 12 of the £15m so Vertonghen would only get £450k for his cut-off, it would keep Ajax happy

  • Nick 69

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Spoof – Germany didnt start from their under 10s, they had a compelte overhaul like 6 years ago, had a couple of years of not so good results, but look at them now. Under 21’s can easily be taught to play in a different style, they just need to stick with it even if results are crap

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Nick 69 thats right Germany did indeed do that, but they knew that they had talented players coming through, we don’t so we need to start at an earlier age, we may have one or two like Oxlade-Chaimberlain, Walker and Wiltshire, but Germany had an entire squad of talent coming through, this is just my opinion mind but I feel we need to start at the grass roots, under 10’s, then playing free flowing football would be natural to them, its all they would have known

  • OTP

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    England will continue to do badly until we realise the 4-4-2 is dying. Need to mix it up a bit!

  • weg

    Jun 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    There is a distinct lack of top quality in english midfield players, and that’s where I believe our games are won and lost. Previous England managers have constantly played the same players, so the second string have no experience in playing internationally – especially against better opposition. Thirty-something central midfielders are all we have at that level. Maybe now is the time to ditch Lampard, Gerrard, Barry and Parker, and blood under-25s in the middle. Under-25s that have a bit of technique, that have maybe been overlooked. Even if we have to chuck in some 18 year olds! Get the youngsters expierienced and make them not afraid of having the ball!

  • thepict

    Jun 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Frankly, I couldn’t give a flying fu@k about Engerland. A bunch of over paid over hyped prima donnas. The only team I support is Newcastle United . Thought this was a Newcastle United blog.

  • Owldman

    Jun 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Alan Shrearer is spot in we are a million years behind the rest of the world .Even those teams who are so called inferior to us are in light years ahead of us in technical ability.The best thing that could have happened to English football wiuld have been to fail to reach the Euro completely,this would have given such a shock that would have made the FA look at the entire set up & like Germany start to teach real soccer skills at an early age.
    Sadly it wont happen when they are talking about appointing Gareth Southgate as technical soccer director then we are a shambles.This is the man who was an utter failure at Middlesburogh. Neville with no coaching experience whatsoever assisting Hodgson who next?

  • saxonfenken

    Jun 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    it was not the old guard that let us down, it was the youngsters who were terrible, Young, Welbeck, and apart from one game Walcott.


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