Fabio Capello Will Lead England's Resurgence
The questions of loyalty and talent are now all out the window. It now lies on the shoulders of an established, confident and ambitious Italian, with a track record amongst the best managers in the history of the game.
But rewind for a second.
What plagued England in the last few major competitions was that very question of loyalty. That, along with a missing determination, will to win and a work rate, which is missing mysteriously from the skill of these multi million pound-making athletes.
Playing for the pride of the country, but lacking that edge: This has been an England trademark. From the disappointing faltering in the 1998 World Cup, through to the 2002 disappointment, the 2004 Euro heartbreak, 2006's missing results and the failure under Steve McClaren to qualify for the 2008 edition of the Euros.
What in the hell?
The single-most important nation in the game of football (Soccer for Canadians, Americans, and certain other english-speaking nations,) still winless since 1966, is not playing in the European tournament, let alone a World Cup.
With all due respect for the men who played in the final game against Croatia: You didn't deserve it. The men who were hurt and came back to play in a few days for their clubs: You didn't deserve it. To McClaren, the man who was the scapegoat for everyone when Scott Carson couldn't be used: YOU did NOT deserve IT.
We saw a few new, young talents rise, but they either saw a brief stay with the Senior team, or weren't given the chance. We blamed Sven Goran Eriksson for the failure in 2006, but it wasn't him, and looking now, I wish we had him for the 2008 campaign.
Enter Fabio Capello.
He's played for the best and managed even more of the best. Sure, it was in Italy and Spain, but the man has a knack for the flair, as well as the defensive prospects needed to win big competitions. If there was a more qualified free agent not named Jose, then the FA failed us once again.
For the first time in years, we should be confident with the man at the helm of the Senior club.
Four and a half years of this man will bring with them the tournament we failed to qualify for in 2012, but even more so, the most important World Cup in the history of England.
The reason is this: The sides that were supposed to bring us glory within the last, let's say 10 years, have failed, and they're getting old. Now we find an "unworthy" bunch of young players who need guidance, and the qualifying campaign will prove to be the most important tournament, leaving the tournament itself aside, in the history of the English game.
Word to Albonglahor, Young, Richards, Johnson, Carson, and whoever.
One day i'll post the 23 men I want to see represent England at the turn of the new decade, but that will come at a later date.
A date when i know this team is indeed good enough to take the next step.
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