Why England continue to fail

By on July 1, 2010
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By Marvin Williams.

Overpaid pampered prima donnas. Not passionate enough. Overrated.  Not world class. What’s wrong with our academies? …….. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! England yet again disappoint at a tournament, the conventional arguments are cited and the over analysis begins. Everyone has a theory on why England did so poorly and after listening to the radio, having debates and reading blogs it appears that no one reason appears conclusive.

What has arisen however is this notion that it either has to be the fault of the manager or that of the players and nothing in between. Why should that be the case? It was a collective failure. Everyone in every department who could have failed did and everything that could have gone wrong did.

When we lose we start to pick holes in every area we can instead of looking at it for what it really was, a major under-performance. By that I’m referring to these stupid analogies we make with the England squad and other walks of life. What the hell does the troops in Afghanistan have to do with the England national team? Nothing at all. Football is entertainment and War is individuals putting their lives on the line. How is Lennon’s reluctance to learn how to put his foot through a ball a reflection on grassroots football? How can foreigners in the premier league be affecting the national side when the likes of Terry, Lampard and Ashley Cole make up the heart of their squad?

Again England merely underperformed. It’s not me being arrogant or naive but England were better than what their performances suggested. I’m bemused at the claim that Rooney’s no longer World Class after four very very poor games. If his form dipped during the season you wouldn’t suggest that would you, so why do so during the WC? In order to be labelled world class you have to do it on the world stage. Really? If Brazil win the competition do all players become World Class? Of course not, we know what characteristics define the term. But for that same reason it makes it all the more difficult to stomach and understand why the entire team played so badly.

Some of you may believe that I’m in fact over analysing and they’re just not that good and others will attribute blame to the manager pointing predominately at the formation, team selection and relationship with the squad.  Give or take one or two players I believe the majority of us would have taken the same team, so I don’t think there’s an issue there. We played 4-4-2 during the qualifiers and won all but one of our games, SO WHAT! The system was obviously no longer effective and should have been changed we could all see that, so why wasn’t it. Where was Capello’s Plan B? There obviously wasn’t one. At the same time these are guys who’ve played football since they were probably 8-9years old and made errors which they wouldn’t have then.

We buy into the idea that the English game needs a massive overhaul, stripped down to its bare bones and we must imitate other nations in order for success. All week I’ve heard that Argentina and Germany now have the right formula and it’s imperative that England follow suit. We either need to appoint someone close to home like Argentina have done in Maradona or copy the Germans with the youth. Have their methods yet been vindicated? NO! And will at least one of them fail? YES. Even if one of them goes on to win the tournament it doesn’t make it right for England.

What the English game really needs is to learn what the word “BALANCE” means. We have an imbalance in the number of English ex pros involved in the top end of the game and those in the studio or those writing the odd weekly column. We have an imbalance in the way in which we select our squads as we don’t construct effective teams, instead we place a group of the best individuals together who don’t complement each other. The majority of those in the media have an imbalance in the way in which they report throughout the course of the competition and are either pro or anti England throughout. The F.A doesn’t exercise any balance in their decision making going from one extreme to another, from the appointment of the super lenient Steve McClaren to a disciplinarian in Fabio Capello.

So before we jump on the inevitable Harry Redknapp bandwagon (something I initially did) let’s explore all our options. Are we being balanced in our own thinking? Do we need continuity and should we give Capello a chance to rectify his mistakes or is it too late? Would Redknapp be appointed because of his credentials or for the mere fact that he opposes what Fabio Capello is?

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10 Comments

  1. DONALDO

    July 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Good article

    very BALANCED

  2. bruce thomas

    July 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Steven Gerrard got his wife’s sister pregnant. The FA hushed it up and let him keep the captaincy. John Terry got pissed off and rebelled. The camp split into two factions. Capello left to lead a bunch of toerags who would barely get picked for the human race, let alone the England team.

  3. adam

    July 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

    There are enough good English players to form a good team. The FA need to learn to stick, instead of twisting every time something goes wrong. Give a manager time. There are only two trophies that England can win and hundreds of countries who want to win them. It is treated as a catastrophic failure if they dont do it so time again we have change at the top. Give a manager 8 years. That’s 4 tournaments worth of football. Plenty of time. Ramsey got over ten and look what he achieved. Robson got 8 years and he has to date been the 2nd most successful England manager of all time. We need to learn patience in this country. It’s clear from the latest reaction that it was not the defeat, but the manner of the defeat that rankled most with fans. The English dont mind losing as long as they play well. Go back to THESE basics, and we may have a decent future.

  4. TommyHarmer

    July 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Until an England team takes the field at Wembley and has at least as much confidence on the ball as the opposition, we will fail. We have bags of puff and, in the past, even cared a lot. But we never had an ability to kill a ball instantly, as soon as it came to us and wherever, and then find the right pass and delivered it at the right moment and weight. We never moved off the ball in a coordinated way either, and have done none of these things regularly and effectively since before the Hungarians showed us how to play at Wembley in 1953. The reason lies in the structure of our game, down to grass roots level, and this is because County football associations live in the 19th Century and have learned nothing. They produce the FA executive, which is too big and cumbersome, and spends its time fighting a professional game that is short-sighted and club-oriented. Nothing will change until we have kids taught to control and pass, and not handed a man-size job on a man-size pitch too soon, so that only the strongest lads survive. My
    hero, Tommy Harmer, was a weedy little kid, who had perfect control, and wonderful passing skills; he got nowhere.

  5. Adam

    July 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

    If that’s true about Gerrard he’s definitely going to Real Madrid. Pretty funny.

  6. ash spurs

    July 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    i watched the spain portugal game the other day and cant believe how different their games are to england.they kept making short accurate passes to players nearby and it was all on the floor.englands style of football is to keep spreading the ball from one wing to the other and lump a big aerial pass from the halfway line down into the corner flag.england dont keep possesion or learn how to handle the ball in tiny spaces because their style of play means they dont have too.nothing will change until we stop encouraging this role your sleeves up attitude nonsense and learn to pass a ball simply and effectively.

  7. Eddie Yak

    July 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I only have one word to provide for England’s failure at the 2010 World Cup – CONCEITED !!!
    Everything else and reasons are simply excuses to buried the failure. It always start with lots of pride and confidence and they don’t succeed then all kinds of excuses will show up. Every International tournament was the same. Nobody especially the English men want to accept the facts that England is just NOT GOOD ENOUGH ! Take a look at Brazil, Germany and Spain, can England honestly believe they are as good as them all, as a team. The style and type of football England play is like antique, the run and fetch way is not useful or effective anymore. Even the 1966 England team played better football than the present team. Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and the rest of the team with Gordon Bank will certainly get far better results than today’s big headed so-called ‘STARS’ because they have bigger hearts and smaller egos than the present day England team. Until these millionaire footballers realize their mistake and folly England will NEVER succeed in any International tournaments.

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  9. adam

    July 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Nuff said mate

  10. Gavin

    July 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Im not English but support an English team so know all the players at the WC well. It hurts me when England lose just as much as my own country. That out of the way I must say this is one of the better artcles written. How ever I dont agree with everything. ONE keep Capello, yes he played a wrong system but he had the weight of an over believing English public to keep happy. So he played Gerrard, Lampard and Barry when just one should have played. He played Lennon to far up the field to accomodate superstar Johnsons’ runs, he played Rooney who was off form with Heskey even tho they have never played well together and he never played Dawson who was on form because he wasnt that popular. I must add every foreign news site knew England were “ordinary” except you English. Capello is still a great manager.
    TWO get rid of the ineffective FA who bow to pressure from the top clubs too easily.
    THREE bring in the hungry youngsters that could have done a better job, Adam Johnstone, Rodwell, Huddlestone, etc and get rid of the bad apples that wont be around for the next WC..Terry, Lamps, Gerard, Barry, heskey, James etc
    FOUR, perservere with talented youngsters Lennon, Milner, Walcott and so on…
    FIVE, make the top clubs have 100% English youngster in their academies only..look at Man Utd for instance..there are Brazilian, Italian, Portugese, French youngsters in the academy..thats just not on.
    So, not a complete rebuild but a pretty comprehensive overall is required.

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