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Sack Capello And Give Players Like Taylor And Carroll A Chance


After the England team embarrassed the nation yesterday, the English FA must take a good hard long look at the English set-up,  and at the very least bring in a new manager.

Fabio Capello – must go

They also have to pick England players on their performances for England rather than how they play for their clubs and if that happens it may look a very strange England side.

Capello sealed his fate as England manager yesterday by defiantly bringing on Emile Heskey after 71 minutes when England were 4-1 down, and needed at least 3 goals in 19 minutes to save the game – and needed players on the field who could score goals.

We wonder what Peter Crouch thought at that moment?

Peter has 21 goals in 40 games for England,  but never even played during this World Cup, and Emile Heskey has just 7 goals in 62 games for England and couldn’t even get his starting place at Aston Villa last season.

So you see what we mean about Capello’s logic – there wasn’t any – and he must go so that England can start to recover from this debacle.  Capello has said he will not resign so we will have to wait for the English FA to see what they will do.

But the feeling in England is so strong at the moment, that we half expect the England players to be booed when they return to London’s Heathrow Airport,  and if that happens the FA can hardly keep Fabio on board.

And after all,  he was completely and utterly out-coached by Joachim Löw yesterday.

An FA source in South Africa told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There’s every chance of new blood getting their opportunity in the next couple of years, especially with an important European Championship qualifying campaign coming up.”

“There was plenty of hunger displayed by some of the younger German players in the round of 16 meeting with England and that will now be seriously considered.”

“There’s a chance to be had for the younger players at all of the Premier League clubs and some of them are already in an excellent position if they’re in the England Under-21 squad.”

As we reported earlier today there should be chances given to our two young top English players Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor at the Newcastle club, and as we said before England players should be chosen for how they perform for England and not for their clubs.

Andy Carroll is ready to be capped by England, and they had better do it soon before Scotland hijacks the player, and Steven’s performances as captain of the England U21 side showed he has the mettle and character to be a top England player – especially when England’s central defense looks so weak right now.

We know the current England players play great for their clubs,  but it’s how they play when they wear that England shirt that’s important, and we’ve realized once again there’s a huge difference in the way they play for England – in short they are hopeless when wearing the England shirt.

Some of our players have proved far too often that they just don’t have the heart to play for England, and they shouldn’t be selected any more.

Only when players are picked that way, will England have players like Germany had yesterday – men only too willing to fight it out for their country and play at their very best – when it really matters.

Comments welcome.


57 comments so far

  • thepict

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #41

    What a load of tosg. England are not good enough to win a world cup. Youve been reading the Sun to much.
    Capello is the best manager since SBR.

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  • boater

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #42

    oh aye – I’m not so much blaming capello entirely – yes he had the weakest england squad since the early 90s BUT he had a long time to prepare for this tournament and the idea of us not knowing who the goalkeeper was 24 hours before the first game is laughable – germany knew who their goalkeeper was for their first game some 2 years ago – when he was being groomed.

    G – I think you’re right – the old boy network is a puzzle which no england manager can unravel. Gerrard is one of the most effective, talented marauding midfielders in world football – but played to a fifth of his ability.

    WE should respect his achievements in the past – but the FA need to stop thinking they can just buy success with an expensively appointed foreign (or otherwise) coach – it’s short term-ism and they need to roll their sleeves up as germany did after 2002 and look at the youth structures and coaching academies, etc.

    Having said all that, I think it’s hard to see how capello can stay now – after such a weirdly flat and miserable set of performances.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #43

    I say bring in Sam Allardyce 😉

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  • boater

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #44

    It’s not about ‘blame the foreigner’ tabloid scapegoating – it’s about looking at the fact the FA believe our best chance of success is to throw money at the top of the game to paper over the cracks in the youth systems.

    We just won the U17s euros- but how many of them will be tattooed up, self-loving charlies in nike adverts by the time they get to the senior squad.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #45

    Something I heard somewhere yesterday, probably BBC1 was that Germany has 26,000 European accreditted coaches, Spain 22,000, italy and Holland similar, we have 2,000.
    Also growing up I lived to play football, whether it was at school during breaks or after in the streets or on the local field, nowadays I rarely see kids playing football out and about, I imagine they are at home playing games like football manager.
    People are right about the F.A. shouldering some blame and could cost them £10 mil to change manager if they want rid of Capello.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #46

    I suppose seeing kids playing football is just about where you live.

    Growing up you’ll have been around a crowd of people who all loved football and so you think most people played it all the time. Same as I did. but really not as many as it seemed played it all the time.

    Now, whenever I go out I see kids who’ve stayed hours after school and are still playing football and if I go to the park I see loads too.
    Call of Duty has been a bitch for football at kid level though

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  • MacToon

    Jun 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #47

    Howay The Lads, lived in and around the same area for along long time and it’s definately changed but Mohaa I thought was better 😉

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #48

    Fifa I think we can all agree wins hands down. Unless you’re one of them Pesheads

    See the pun 😉

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  • Geordie_Pants

    Jun 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #49

    Another deluded article brought to you by Ed Harrison

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  • jimiley

    Jun 28, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #50

    Give the job to Shearer.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #51

    Only the good old FA could remove that get out out clause before the tournament started !! No way have we got 12m to pay Capello off.

    we need a manager with a plan B, who isn’t afraid to drop ”untouchables”, bring in youth and get us actually playing football

    Terry and lampard say we can’t play like the S.Americans. Why not – have we ever actually tried !!!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #52

    Boater articles 38 + 44 – simply the best thing I have read in years. Absolutely spot on.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #53

    Same old shearer
    lots of players for other teams have played a full hard season. tevez and Messi to name 2.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #54

    He made bad decisions tactically. Heskey instead of Crouch? Milner on the wing. He was average there for us for years and his performance in midfield is what got him selected for the team. Then in the big games he plays on the wing??? At least most of the old guard will be too old for the next one. I have a feeling England may be a bit more ruthless in the future in regards to reputations over actual form.

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  • SameOldShearer

    Jun 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #55

    Rotonda Heights, fair enough but then as for Messi he did look completely out of sorts the other night against Mexico but then he just happens to be so much better than everyone that in a minute he can pick up the ball beat 3 men and have a crack at goal without having done much else at all as he did at the end of that game.
    Totally agree with boater #44, thats what i was getting at re the youth setup. Good point about attitudes as well, it seems kids these days dream of making it for the celebrity rather than to win everything. There are bigger problems with England than Capello, we need reform from the ground up in my opinion.
    Possibly i didnt come across how i intended as Capello frustrated the p1ss out of me with his stubborn refusal to change etc.. but what i was trying to say is that when somebody with his track record cant get it anywhere near right, you have to start looking at the bigger problems we have. I do believe we play too many games without break given the intensity and speed of prem league games and our technique is just not up to it. Even when playing in europe in the earlier rounds and you draw a spanish lower half team for example, English teams may overpower them in the end but they generally get passed off the park and shown up for movement off the ball etc.. but thats just accepted. I remember when Souness was in charge and we were playing somebody fairly average in europe and in his pre-match assessment he stated that when you play foreign teams they will have a lot of the ball and pass it around so we just have to let them play in front of us – why is this just accepted? why cant english teams with the exception of the top two or three (arsenal being predminantly foreign dont count 🙂 pass and keep the ball?

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  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #56

    Sepp Blatter has apologised to the F.A. and says the debate about goal-line technology will reopen next month.

    “Former Football Association technical director Howard Wilkinson fears England’s fortunes could get worse ” saying:

    “Undoubtedly, the pool of players from whom we will be choosing in four years will be smaller than the pool now, and that will continue.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8770192.stm

    sigh

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  • Stevo

    Jun 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #57

    You taking the p*ss Ed? Sack Capello? How fickle. Be careful you might confirm what the southern press have been trying to label us with for years.

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