The latest demise for England in a major Championship was last night and we shouldn’t be too surprised about it, because it happens every two years like clockwork.
Iceland looked a good side in Nice last night when they beat England 2-1 and they deserve every credit – they were great!
They are a country that is 1/150th the size of England in terms of population – a true minnow – and the latest disaster has sparked former Newcastle great Alan Shearer to say he is now interested in the England job.
Alan Shearer – wants England job
Shearer says he would like to speak to the Football Association about succeeding Roy Hodgson as the England manager, after Roy resigned on Monday night.
Apparently U-21 boss Gareth Southgate, the former Middlesbrough manager is a leading contender to replace Hodgson.
Alan still has precious little experience in management – only 8 games for Newcastle when he managed one win and two draws and failed to save us from relegation seven years ago.
This is what Alan said last night on the BBC:
“I went to see the FA four or five years ago and I said, ‘I want it, I’ll have that job’,”
“They looked at me and said, ‘No, it’s a lack of experience’. And I said, ‘You’ve hired experienced guys, you’ve paid them an absolute fortune, I could not have done any worse than those guys’.”
“I’d definitely speak to them, absolutely. I would offer my experience and tournament experience.”
“Even if Gareth Southgate got it, for him to take players in with experience who’ve been there and done it, then that has to be of benefit also.”
“That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen from an England team. Ever.”
“We were out-fought, out-thought, out-battled and totally hopeless for 90 minutes. I said after the three group games that England weren’t good enough – I didn’t see enough.
“It looked to me like Roy was making it up as he was going along. It was tactically inept.
“How can he pick Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere? We had players in the squad who didn’t deserve to be there. Manchester City’s winger Raheem Sterling hasn’t performed.”
“We can go on and on. Then there was Tottenham striker Harry Kane on corners – the list is endless.
“Our players caved tonight. We’ve all played under pressure, they caved and the manager caved. He gave Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford four minutes and he still did more than anyone else.
“We are blinded by the Premier League, we think it’s the best in the world for talent, it’s not.”
“We are totally reliant for foreign players and managers for excitement. We are not as good as we think we are.”
Roy Hodgson will be criticized for picking players on their names – why on earth was Jack Wilshere in the squad after he was injured all season and played one game for Arsenal.
He was obviously not match fit – but he was played in every England game.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart had a bad tournament and was badly at fault for Iceland’s second goal, but played every single minute in the tournament when Fraser Forster, the former Newcastle goalkeeper, was waiting in the wings.
It looks like Roy had favorites he kept picking – Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling who looked out of sorts in all the games – and Jack Wilshere to name three.
And why was Steve McClaren – maybe the worst England manager ever – giving his opinion on anything last night, after his disastrous 16 months in charge starting back in 2006 – when we couldn’t even qualify for the finals for Euro 2008?
And Steve has just managed to take Newcastle down last season with some woeful and inept management.
He now lacks credibility in the game.
But England last night were completely out-coached and we wonder if there’s an Englishman who’s good enough to do the management job right now?
Certainly not former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew or current Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who are two of the most experienced Premier League managers – if not the most successful.
Last night was a disgrace for English football – another one – and the players are simply not mentally strong enough or tough enough in general – and the coaching and tactics were inept – at best.
We couldn’t win the group and we couldn’t reach the quarter-finals and that’s after winning all 10 of the qualifying games.
But England have been here before – far too many times.