Pardew on England – We Need To Keep The Ball And Attack More

In Alan Pardew’s column in the Independent today, he has put his own thoughts together on what England need to do in the future, under new manager Roy Hodgson’s stewardship.

Alan Pardew – future England manager – it’s likely

There was only one game of the four that England actually had any interest in attacking the opposition, and that was the 3-2 win against Sweden.

But it appeared that we thought France, Ukraine and Italy were better than us, because we immediately went on the defensive from the very first whistle in those games, and were more concerned about not losing, than winning those games.

That’s hardly the attitude that gets wins and produces a successful side, so as we’ve said before,  we have to have a much more positive approach to these games.

England players and coaches need to stand up and be counted, and start attacking the opposition more, and be more positive about things in general.

And if we get ahead in games, let’s not pack up shop, and try to hang on to the lead for dear life – which we’ve done far too many times in the past, and it’s just not the way you become successful.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about England today:

England teams have played what I call simplistic football for the past 25 years, maybe even more, and let’s be honest, it has got us nowhere. A clear lesson from this championship which we should in any case have learnt some time ago is that at international level that word “possession” is key – as the two countries who will be contesting tonight’s final have shown us. I have to go along with a majority of fans I’ve spoken to who are just disappointed that we didn’t try to play a bit more.

To read that our most frequent pass in the game against Italy was Joe Hart kicking it long to Andy Carroll was not a nice statistic. We’re all aware that we went into the tournament without Roy Hodgson being able to do enough work with the players, which can possibly excuse us for this one, but going forward we must start to play. Encourage youngsters to do so at all levels. With the new National Football Centre coming on line at Burton, and new rules governing academies, we have that opportunity. We need to bite the bullet and try to evolve to where we get the balance right between possession and being sufficiently forceful in the last third to get goals.

I’d like to think that is being reflected slowly in the Premier League, which hasn’t really filtered through as far as the national side are concerned.   We like to go forward, like to be on the front foot, but we have to get the balance right or we will just keep failing. Nobody will fault our endeavor or effort, which is one reason, as well as the low expectations, why there’s not been much harsher criticism of our efforts this time. But there is definitely a lack of bravery in keeping the ball. Everybody is saying it, but we need to get on and do it.

The most important point is to understand that even though our climate doesn’t suit it, boys need longer on the training ground and the ball at their feet more. Coaches at junior levels need to trust players more, encourage them to play with the ball even if they are giving it away in the final third of the pitch. Otherwise, when they come to League level they’ll shy away from it. It is a fundamental problem which I’ve heard all the time I’ve been in coaching. Now is the time to do something to address it.

And if Alan Pardew keeps making Newcastle great again, over the next several seasons, he will have every chance of becoming a future England manager, and a good one too,  since he seems to understand the game and handles the top players very well – and he also plays good attacking football.

England will play at Moldova on 7th September, followed by a home game with the Ukraine on 11th September at Wembley, and we are in Group H, with the other countries being Montenegro, San Marino and Poland, in the six team group.

We hope to see a more positive and attacking display from England in those two games.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Baro

    Jul 1, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #1

    i really haven’t had that time to come on this blog as usual but ED you are a hell of a human being! Every morning i wake up here in the states first thing i do is turn on desktop, and check this blog. An article at a time, because you are so good at keeping up with the latest news…. I for one absolutely love your perseverance.

    Never quit and fight through everything – Baro

    Your a legend

  • Baro

    Jul 1, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #2

    by the way any one have a twitter……


    i’ll follow back, be real….

  • Baro

    Jul 1, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #3

    * = addition


    Simmo?/Perch/ Tav/ *




    HBA/ Obertan/ Sammy

    Cabaye/Tiote/Gosling/Abeid/Haris/* /

    Jonas/Marveaux/Sammy/Fergie/ * /


    Cisse/Ba/ * /SuperShola/ Sammy/ Best?

    5 new additions will push us up the table….

  • Baro

    Jul 1, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #4

    2014 world cup England…..






  • Baro

    Jul 1, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #5

    David Beckham just put in a beauty free kick….

    still got it!!

  • montevideomag

    Jul 1, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #6

    We have to bring through our young players through this year. Sammy, Vuknic, Ferguson, Abeid, Gosling, possibly Tav if he stays. These guys are all going to need games to improve, even with Europe, cups, is there enough space for them all, especially with Taylor, Marveaux returning, plus four new signings. A nice place, hard to see how Pardew can keep everyone happy

  • Swede

    Jul 1, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #7

    There will be many more games this year.. in 4 different competitons.. The experienced players from last year need their rest. There are room in the cups with added help from the experienced players from the bench. Time to do as Arsenal. Wouldnt be suprised if we get 55 games in total in the end of the year. We can not expect the lads of last year to manage this amount of games. We let 12 players go the 1 of july so we definitely need bodies to replace those. Just count em in, Stack em and rack em boys….

  • Sazzer

    Jul 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we’re starting to have good balance, and Pardew can always send some of the youngsters on loan.


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