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Steven Gerrard looks for the nearest midfielder
The phrase "Hollywood Ball" is a derogatory term used to describe a pass that spends more time in the air than a Boeing 747, and has to be much more accurate when landing to hit its desired target.
These passes can often be seen in England games, and even more frequently hitting one of the seated areas near the game, but there is a misconception that it is simply due to players wanting to attract attention to themselves.
"Why not hit the simple short pass?", many have asked.
The answer is that often the nearest player on the pitch is 50 yards away, and has two markers breathing down their neck.
When Capello sets up his midfield, the defensive midfielder is so deep, the attacking midfielder is so far forward and the wide players are so wide that there is a huge diamond shaped vacuum across the center of the pitch. In this space an England player would worry about getting phone reception, never mind a short pass.
England's midfield is so disjointed, disparate and so usually outnumbered by an opposition playing with three central midfielders, that often long passes are the only option that doesn't require perfect accuracy and instantaneous control.
It is certainly not Lampard's fault that this touring Bermuda Triangle exists in England's formation, but reducing Lampard's instincts to get forward would solve part of the problem, but also negate his value to the team.
To play with a cohesive midfield, Capello needs to change how England moves the ball centrally, and Lampard might be the casualty.