England’s hopes of World Cup glory have been dashed once more after quite possibly the worst performance in my lifetime. Whoever’s idea it was to put ‘Playing with pride and glory’ on the side of the England team bus will certainly be regretting it now.
The inquest will have begun already in to why and how England has failed so miserably, and manager Fabio Capello is bound to be the first under fire. His squad selections before the tournament opted for experience over youth, a decision which may have been a big mistake. Ledley King played a mere 45 minutes before his World Cup was over through injury; after all he was a risk.
Capello has an impressive managerial record. He has won seven major league championships in 16 seasons as a coach with the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan. He led England through World Cup qualification, where his side won nine of the ten matches. However after England landed in South Africa the team have fallen to pieces. Capello’s decisions throughout the matches have seemed slightly perplexed and he seems to have gone a tad delusional. After England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany Capello said that the England players ‘had played well’. Every England fan would disagree.
Capello can’t take all the criticism though; the players didn’t perform on the World’s biggest stage. There is not one player who can say he performed well, yes some were better than others but still the players we know from the Premier League were nowhere to be seen. So much was expected from the likes of Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and Terry, maybe there was too much pressure. Throughout the tournament Rooney didn’t look himself, he wasn’t the player that turns up for Manchester United every week.
England’s defeat to Germany highlighted the need for goal line technology in football. Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal was clearly over the line, and if it had gone in the game was 2-2 and who knows what the result could have been. Sepp Blatter says it is too costly and that we just need better refereeing. Everyone else wants the technology, it can be the deciding element in winning a tournament or winning a championship but it seems the president of Fifa doesn’t think it’s necessary.
Fabio Capello’s future as England manager is bound to be a high point of discussion in the media. I think it’s time that England was managed by an Englishman with the same passion and desire as the England supporters. There are plenty of suitable prospects but would they want to take on the challenge. Whether it’s an experienced manager such as Harry Redknapp or Roy Hodgson or someone new to management like Alan Shearer or even maybe David Beckham we need someone to lead a nation who expects success.