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English players need to start stepping up their own performances on the pitch because at the moment Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen are carrying the team.
Not only have they scored the majority of the goals and provided assists, their general work rate and will to win is visibly greater than many of their team mates.
Maybe this has to do with the personal importance of the tournament? Realistically, it’s the best chance many of the Welsh have of winning a major trophy especially for the aging Giggs and Bellamy.
However, that’s still no excuse for some of the others in the team. Wherever it ranks on the scale, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, and they should take it with both hands.
With David Beckham looking on during the last game, he must wonder along with the other 65,000 fans how Micah Richards got the last over-age playing spot on the team.
That’s not to say he’s not a good player, but his performances so far have been average, to put it mildly.
Wastefully gave the ball away leading to the equalizer, he has to step it up in the latter stages if GB want to go deep in the tournament.
At club level, he would almost certainly be facing some bench time under Roberto Manchini, but that won’t happen here, especially with the furor around Pearce’s squad selection.
He’s not the only one, though. James Tomkins has been really bad, while Tom Cleverley needs to assert himself on the game more.