I wrote a blog after the USA game about backing the team and a draw was not the worst result and I believed the results would come…….
However, I am not convinced now. The performance against Algeria was shocking. As an England fan, I was really disappointed and hurt with the performance.
I hear about these over paid footballers not caring and have bad attitudes etc however; I do not like to make scapegoats. As far as I know, football is a team sport. After the game, fans concentrated on Lampard, Rooney etc, but I thought Glen Johnson was our worst player on the pitch.
I have been brought up Following Arsenal and Arsene Wenger and always believe fans must trust their manger, but in Fabio Capello’s case, I do not.
I cannot see why he makes certain decisions. The formation is something that has been debated time and time again but once again, Fabio stuck to his 4 4 2 and it clearly did not work! During the game, Fabio refused to change his formation. He made changes which were more or less like for like. I would have rather taken Heskey off (which he did a little later) and tried Joe Cole on the left side of midfield with Gerrard off Rooney and if this didn’t work, he can have gone back to his 4 4 2 by taking Lennon off for Crouch.
Fabio must learn to be a bit more flexible and adapt to different situations. Why has he not tried the 4 5 1 formation in previous games like the friendlies is beyond me, he needed to give it a go. It appears that he does not have a back up plan, but he needs one.
I hope something changes for Wednesday. A change of formation may work or at least a change of players. Perhaps putting in Crouch instead of Heskey because Crouch gives you goals, something England are clearly lacking. Another option is playing Gerrard on the right of midfield with Joe Cole on the left with Lennon dropping out.
Joe Cole is a player who has performed in the Premiership, the FA CUP, the Champions League and even the World cup, why he hasn’t got any game time is beyond me!
For me, on Wednesday, either Joe Cole or Peter Crouch must come in for England to stand a chance of winning and qualifying from the group. I would prefer a change in formation but not sure if that’s the correct thing to do mid way through a tournament such as this.
As a fan, you can’t do much apart from support your team; I have done it for Arsenal and will do it for England. I think most fans feel exactly how David Beckham was feeling during the game as his frustration showed. The passion our ‘Becks’ shows is something we can all learn from, including our players and managers.
The players must take some responsibility too, they need to connect with each other more and show some more urgency. I dismiss the claims by many that the players have bad attitudes and have a lack of effort, but the players must step up that extra step. The big players need to step up otherwise; a France like situation can develop.
There is still one game to go, so we have no choice but to get behind the team.
Come on England.
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