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Gael Bigirimana And The Folly Of England

12:53 pm, Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

The England U20 side drew their first two games in their Group E of the U20 World Cup that is taking place in Turkey.

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Gael Bigirimana - got on in one game after 89 minutes

England drew their first game 2-2 against Iraq, after being 2-0 up after 52 minutes, and then drew their second game 1-1 against Chile.

So a win against Egypt (who had lost their first two games) on Saturday would have seen England qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, and since Gael Bigirimana of Newcastle had only made a fleeting appearance for England after 89 minutes in the first game, he was expected to start.

But Gael didn’t start, and England should have been 1-0 up in the first minute when England started their game at the Atatürk Stadium in Bursa.

The culprit was Harry Kane of Tottenham, who missed a fairly easy header in the first minute, and he then went on to miss another four good chances, and his strike partner Larnell Cole of Manchester United, wasn’t much better missing at least two good chances.

The truth of this game is that England should have been well ahead, but when you don’t take you chances it;s always dangerous, and sure enough after 79 minutes Trezeget showed England how to do it with a wonderful opportunist goal.

And then to rub it in, as England tried to salvage the tournament, Hassan Ahmed scored a second goal after three minutes of added time and England lost 2-0.

The England U20 side at least drew a couple of games, but still finished bottom of their group with a measly 2 points – much like the England U21 side, who lost all their three games in the European U21 tournament in Israel last month, that finally led to manager Stuart Peace being fired.

The England U20 coach Peter Taylor didn’t do much better – but as long as England have mediocre coaches in charge, we will not win anything – and by the way, that 2-0 loss by the England U20 side was the 17th game running in a finals that that we haven’t won – a truly terrible record.

The news coming through is that former England manager Steve McClaren could become the new England U21 coach – but why does that seem like the same old thing from England – another mediocre coach in charge of an England side.

And  I almost forgot, we didn’t see Gael play in that game at all, even though with 25 appearances for Newcastle last season, he was one of the most experienced players in the England squad – but you’ll have to ask Peter Taylor why he didn’t play Gael – we have no idea what he was thinking.

Spain won the U21 European Championship by beating Italy 4-2 in the final – but there could be a shift in power taking place at the senior level, as we watched a reborn Brazil side take Spain apart 3-0 last night in the final of the Confederations Cup.

It seems good somehow to have Brazil emerging again, just in time to do well when they host next year’s World Cup.

And Brazil’s FIFA ranking of 22 was made to look nonsense last night as they were easily the better side, and harried and hassled the World Champions out of their game in Rio de Janeiro, and that was the third time in a row Brazil have won the Confederations Cup.

We just hope that England can make the finals of the competition next summer.

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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Jul 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    keep smoking the waccy baccy lads you crack me up

  • 2 John Tudor // Jul 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    and you know nought about me so keep it buttoned in the slanging dept cause it is you who start it

  • 3 jayphoto // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Actually Ed steve Mclaren is a very good coach who favours an attacking 4-3-3 and quick and short passing and movement! If you watched his twente side they embodied the dutch total football way of playing! Hes also the man who recommended tiote to hughton! In germany at wolfsburg his problem was that he didn’t have the players to play how he wanted, inherited a big, slow team! Was also the greatest smoggie manager theyve had, his job there should be judged by the fact that after he left they slipt into obscurity!Only at england did he really fail which was largely down to trying to keep the press happy rather than focusing on the job! The u21s is a low pressure job, think him or glenn hoddle would be perfect for it!

  • 4 jayphoto // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Also Bigirimana not being first team for england u20′s is a shocker! Hes quite far ahead of the players they used as alternative!4 seems even in the youth ranks playing in the north east does you no favours

  • 5 jimmysmith // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Stuart Pearce, Peter Taylor and Steve Maclaren, mediocre. I wonder where our very own Alan Pardew might rank among such company?

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    As a third striker you think Darren Bent would guarantee 15 goals a season? If he is happy sitting in the bench leave him at Villa. If he isn’t then he should go somewhere he will play games. If that is us, we are in for a torrid season.

    The most damning statement for me is that even though Villa were right in the thick of a relegation battle until the last week or 2 of the season, Lambert still didn’t want to wipe the dust off Bent and give him a game.

    We are talking about something he hasn’t done regularly for nearly 2 years. He only managed 10 the season before last when he was Villa’s main goal threat.

    Not since Sunderland has he scored goals.

  • 7 jayphoto // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Im in birmingham bout 8 days a month, worked with villa a few times, even played for their youth team about 12 years ago, got a few friends involved at bodymoor heath! The craic with Bent was that he didnt take well to the competition of benteke! Rather than working harder to get his place back he just stopped making an effort! Refused to play for reserves etc was apparantly insulted that lambert would start a kid over him and expected to walk in to the line up! When lambert came in he upped the intensity of training and bent also made no effort to keep up with it! Lambert wanted bent to work harder and press more when without the ball and bent refused to adapt his game, guessing he thinks hes too good to do this!

  • 8 wingspan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Anybody heard anything about Perchinho going to Wigan???

    Hope its not true.

  • 9 fatman // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    banned for playing Jonas Gutierrez at left back

  • 10 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    Mclaren would make a good U21 coach !

    He did win the Dutch League a few years ago with FC Twente !

    I can never understand all the Negative press he always seems to get in UK !

  • 11 jayphoto // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Yea i don ‘t get it either! Not like any english national manager before or since him has been a raging success! His teams playing decent stuff and apparantly hes top notch on the training field, enough so that fergie left him to take the man utd sessions

  • 12 Beattie25 // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Whilst the news will be greeted with cynicism, over the top loyalty and manipulation of the truth I for one welcome the departure of James Perch.

    For ages I said that players like him ‘do a job’ yet offered very little other than numbers.

    I am glad we are cutting off the fat and hopefully we can sign more players like Bigi to come in and offer competition.

    It is interesting to see just where players like Danny Simpson and James Perch have ended up. I and many others were ridiculed for saying they were ‘Championship level players’ and the fact of the matter is despite all they have given this club, and the low price they were available for, that is where they have ended up.

    Thanks for your effort but your legacy is that of a cult hero due to your lack of quality but never ending effort.

  • 13 belgrade fan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    If Perch is out he can take Tiote with him. Professional players without passing, dribbling, crossing, shooting…now to get rid of Jonas and job done. Players which provides nothing

  • 14 wingspan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I think your harsh on the quaity side of Perchy to be honest, most improved player ive seen in a long while.

    Way more complsed on the ball than he was ever given credit for, strong in the tackle and did the simple things well. Pretty much what your want a defensive minded player to do.

    I imagine we are getting rid to get this Vanquer fella who is untested in the prem. I hope pards is brushing up on his french!

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Hello all,

    Perch sale is a funny one and really for me can only be judged once his replacement arrives.

    I remember before understanding why players like Nolan and Barton should be moved on, but then we were in many ways left wanting.

    Perch may be unspectacular, but as you say, he “does a job” (okay, you said “do”) and for the money we’ll likely get for him I wonder if he is the best person to be offloading when considering what other “fat” we have to cut off first.

    All depends on who the replacements are. Perch was heavily relied upon by Pardew, so you would assume (always dangerous) that there are plans to bring in a few players and that would be wonderful.

    Let’s see….the window is open.

  • 16 belgrade fan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    For Perch doing a job we can buy who can do the same job plus has ability to pass, cross etc. like Sissoko.

  • 17 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I’m appalled Bigirimana wasn’t the first name on the team sheet! He has by far the most experience and has even scored at the top level. Shows what an embarrassment the English set up is. Truly shocking.

  • 18 Thump // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Perch, Gosling, Simpson, Harper… surely we’re going to be investing in English talent this year? Off the top of my head I’m struggling to think of how we’re going to make squad registration requirements.

  • 19 belgrade fan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Simmo, Willo, Gosling, Perch, Obertan, Amalfitano, Tiote, Jonas, Harper all out. Buy 1 or 2 speed wingers, CF like Remy, Siem d J and one defender like Mbiwa and we r top 4

  • 20 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Perch should be kept, before him to go should be Jonas, both Amoebi’s and Williamson.

  • 21 Beattie25 // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Perch hasn’t improved.

    He was always decent. He was regarded as one of the best Championship players and was captain of Forrest before he joined us.

    When he signed he had a few shockers but then showed his abilities once he settled, he didn’t improve as such.

    Also do we really need a replacement?

    With Bigi coming through, Tiote, Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko in the team already I think we have enough DM’s.

    If your talking CB cover then Willo offers that currently and as for FB cover then we are probably a little short in truth, but I for one was never comfortable with Perch at RB or LB.

    It would be nice for us to continue this trend and get rid f Ameobi, Williamson and Gosling and potentially bring in some decent young players and real quality to push the starting 11.

  • 22 belgrade fan // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Forget Shola. Also out

  • 23 Roy Morten // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Nyland was the best GK in U-21, very promising youngster.. would like to see him in Black n White..

  • 24 geordiefromthemidlands // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Sad to see perchino go but agree with Beattie. JP has been solid but if we are looking at a LFL replacement, Anita can play DM and LB/RB with Bigi to cover and learn the ropes. Would you hamper both those players and development over perch?

  • 25 Yorkgeordie // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Perch 700K to Wigan. Thought he was worth more than that

  • 26 Mr Funk // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Has anyone thought that we are going to get rid of players before any coming, especially our high wages to turnover ratio?

    I guess we will see more deals like Perch to Wigan over the next few weeks.

  • 27 geordiefromthemidlands // Jul 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Soccer Sauce (@soccer_sauce) tweeted at 1:48 PM on Mon, Jul 01, 2013:
    Midfielder Matthew (Matty) Taylor expected to be unveiled as Newcastle United’s first signing this week.You heard it here first #NUFC #WHUFC

  • 28 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Haha no chance are we in or Matthew Taylor! The bloke was decent at Pompey but has since declined considerably.

  • 29 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Utterly no point in getting rid of Perch and bringing in Taylor. Cannot be true.

  • 30 geordiefromthemidlands // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I hope so…goes to show no one knows anything about our targets

  • 31 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Although Joe Kinnear managed him at Luton, which must be where the link has come from.

  • 32 monasnyr99 // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Apparently Matt Taylor to Newcastle is nearly done, this just gets worse by the day…Kinnear did want his 1st signing by Friday – joke

  • 33 Bearsize // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Bigi plays for newcastle. Theres the answer right there why he didnt play. They are trying to develop the top 6 players as per. Same in all england teams. Jonjo shelvey gets in the england squad ffs, why? Liverpool of coarse. Rodwell will be in every squad now he plays for city. They all scratch each others backs and hate us unfortunatly. Capello never came to SJP

  • 34 Thump // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    If this was any other football club, I’d say that I couldn’t see Maylor coming in for Perch… but this is the Toon…

  • 35 ToonDownSouth // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I struggle to see the argument for letting Perch go.

    Are we going to bring in a better home grown player than Perch as a replacement? Certainly not, no.

  • 36 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    If it’s true I’ve had enough, one of Kinnears shit former players. He’s so out of touch it’s maddening.

  • 37 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    His impressive displays led to interest from Premier League clubs, but he instead decided, in July 2002, to sign for First Division side Portsmouth for £750,000.[2] The fee was set averting the need for a tribunal, causing Luton manager Joe Kinnear to lament: “at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask”.[ could be true

  • 38 Slank // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Taylor is rumour rubbish. The bloke is 31 years old nearly 4 years older than Perch. Total rubbish.

  • 39 colwell // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Simmo,Perch hopefully Shola,Gosling,Willo,Jonas and Oba all out would be great if they are replaced by decent players, but as we well know chance are we will replace 1 of them.

    We’ll have a squad of 12 come the start at least the wage bill will be down. Mike Ashley magic!

  • 40 geordiefromthemidlands // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Matt Taylor came from that soccer sauce on twatter. Not one other media outlet that I can find. And Taylor at chadley heath training today. Back up winger. ..I doubt it

  • 41 Tommyy // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Thank the Gods.

  • 42 geordiefromthemidlands // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Now the twat is saying Taylor is travelling up tonight

  • 43 DokToon // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    gmorning all, from the dark side of the pond…

    guess we’ll have a saylor, a raylor, a waylor, and now a maylor at NUFC? what will be the next letter we need?might need a james taylor, in case someone gets in legal trouble…

  • 44 Macas // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I’d be very surprised if Perch goes anywhere, had a far better season than some on here are giving him credit for. Certainly had a much better season than Tiote. Add in to the equation that he’s one of our few English players then it seems highly unlikely the club would want to get rid of him.

  • 45 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    we could get a frank taylor in just to show negative intentions

  • 46 toonincheek // Jul 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Reallt cant see the sense in getting rod of Perchy.

    However good our purples are, we need some home grown players.

    We also need some guys who are prepared to spend most of their time as backup, but who are committed to giving 100% and can do a decent job.

    With home grown purples so expensive, Perchy fits the bill as a home grown backup.

  • 47 toonluvva // Jul 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I know a lot of people want to see the back of certain players.

    However, before they can go someone has to make an offer for them that JoKe, Pardew or Ahley will accept.

    Let’s put it this way. Do you think that Obertan, Gosling, Williamson or Stroller will be snapped up by any premiership team? Thought not. Championship clubs might be interested but at a very low price and too low a wage for either NUFC or the player to go.

    It is different for Cabaye, Hatem, Cisse or Krul who could easily command a decent price, either home or abroad, for their services. If a high enough offer comes in they’ll be gone.

    Actually, I’m expecting at least 2 of the players listed above to be gone by the start of the season, and none to be in a NUFC shirt in September 2014.

    I believe we have this transfer window and possibly the January one to convince everyone that NUFC have a semblance of ambition. That means trying to get decent players in without losing our flair players. Pardew has to start playing his squad in the right positions and with a lot more ambition. JoKe has to keep his mouth shut. The departure of lambeeze was 2 steps forward, but the arrival of JoKe was step back, some small progress I suppose.

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