Time for Capello to Change?
England’s unceremonious exit from South Africa was surprising to say the least, a team that qualified for the World Cup with such ease, was underwhelming in their two weeks in South Africa to say the least. England’s bad performances on the pitch were mostly down to bad team selection by Fabio Capello
, but then Capello lamented the lack of English talent for him to choose from. Well, time for him to maybe rethink his tactics? Maybe its time he selected his formation based on the best he has available, rather than try to fit the best he has into his fixed formation?
A 4-4-2 has been a classic formation, used for ages by several managers, but for a 4-4-2 to work you need to have 2 really good wingers who can cross really well, 2 strikers who can work well in tandem and the midfield pairing requires one with a defensive mindset and the other more attacking, and of course your fullbacks should be able to attack while ensuring they do their defensive jobs properly. Now if we check out the English team, the only ‘winger’ who showed some capacity to put in a decent cross was James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Wright-Phillips failed miserably in that department. The only other wingers who can cross that England could have picked were Ashley Young, Adam Johnson and Stewart Downing, Capello ignored all three of them surprisingly.
England played Steven Gerrard as their main Left Winger in the last 2 games, why? well because he had to play Barry to cover for the defense, but then he could not drop Lampard, so Gerrard had to be moved out wide, and still Gerrard managed better performances than Lampard. Barry happened to be the only defensively able midfielder England had in the squad, Carrick can’t tackle, so he can’t be expected to do much defensively. Other than Barry, England’s options were Scott Parker, Owen Hargreaves and Nigel Reo-Cocker?! Not really good enough, Hargreaves would have been ideal, if he hadn’t been injured for 2 years.
Then in defense, Glen Johnson happens to be the No.1 Right back at the moment, but he seems inept in defending, and been caught out of position on several occasions. He’d be an ideal Wing back but not a full back who is expected to do a lot of defensive work too. England’s cover at right back is also not that great. Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Wes Brown, etc are the best they have at the moment.
While England have two of the best attacking midfielders in Gerrard and Lampard, also Joe Cole isn’t far behind either and they too have some pretty good Centre backs too and one of the best Left back’s in the world i.e., Ashely Cole, also his cover Leighton Baines and Warnock aren’t that bad, plus Kieran Gibbs looks an excellent prospect. England also have the likes of Wilshire and Shelvey coming through as Attacking Midfielders, Cleverley, Henderson and Eastmond coming through at the Central Midfield and also several good young strikers like Wickham, Welbeck, etc.
So maybe its time England change their formation, depend less on Wingers and maybe comsider playing a formation similar to the one that Germany used to decimate them. Maybe its time Capello learnt that he can’t expect to play a 4-4-2, play players out of position and still expect them to win trophies too!
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