Scouse twat

First off, whoever’s scheduling these games for 4am where I am needs shot. Germany’s never been full of great ideas (making David Hasselhoff a music star, invading Poland… stuff like that), but scheduling England games for the middle of the night is just cruel.

Anyway – OK, we’re out. And there are several reasons why. I’ll list my views and then start swearing a lot, if that’s OK.

  1. Rooney. Following on from Beckham’s shining example against Argentina in 1998, does something stupid and gets himself sent off. A bloody harsh decision, in fairness, but stupid and reckless all the same. The thing is I recall telling many people before the first group game was played that he’d do something just like this. Sometimes I hate being proved right. In addition, and this isn’t his fault, he’s useless up front by himself. Several times he held the ball up and had nobody to lay it off to as Sven had decided to stick to a single striker, presumably because of Crouch’s outstanding yellow card.
  2. Beckham. Shit. He has been for 4 years now, at least. He doesn’t deserve a place in the squad, let alone the captain’s armband. Sven’s been blinded by his reputation and stuck with him when several other players could have filled his position better. Look at his completion ratio for crosses and on-target record for shots in the tournament. Utterly lamentable. If you want proof, look at how we played one Beckham hobbled off. Despite being short a man later on (well – a fat, pathetic child anyway) we played better without him.
  3. Crouch. Unlucky to get the yellow card earlier on which put him at risk of missing a match if he got another. Sven was too reticent in holding him back, though. We should have played him in one of the earlier group games with the aim of getting the yellow and being suspended for a match so he could return with a clean sheet for the knockout stages.
  4. Owen. Pure bad luck. Who could have believed we’d go to Germany with 3 strikers and end up knocked out with half of one, effectively, remaining?
  5. Lampard. Left his shooting boots at home and as a result became a liability. I am not complaining about his workrate or effort, but sadly he simply seemed to have forgotten how to do what he’s been doing for England during the qualifiers.
  6. Lennon. Why on earth was this little ball of energy constantly left on the bench to be brough on late in the game? The surprise addition to the squad deserved more time on the field as he constantly made a difference when he came on.
  7. Eriksson. The biggest problem. How come everyone else could see what I’ve written above, except the guy who mattered most? We played better with Crouch up front alone rather than Rooney. We should have risked the lanky kid earlier so he’d be available for a 2-man strike force later. Beckham is a liability and that became obvious when the team improved once he left the field. Also, we had more attacking options once Rooney was ejected than we did when he was playing! Our attacking midfielders moved up the pitch in small groups so they had options, rather than playing long-ball to a lone petulant, toy-from-pram-throwing Scouse wanker.

Frankly, I worry about the future of the side as it certainly seemed like McLaren had a fair bit of input into things. If he doesn’t learn from Eriksson’s fuck-ups then we’re screwed. At least it looks like Beckham will be out of the next tournament simply because of his age. Rooney will hopefully do what he did and grow the fuck up in time for the next competition. Or alternatively get shot stealing someone’s hubcaps or meat pies.

Thing is, I feel the side as a whole are to blame as well. We raised our game twice for tough opposition – Sweden and Portugal. Look at how we played last night with ten men and our “second choice” striker. There was commitment, effort, blood, sweat and tears. Frankly, I was bloody proud of those ten men. They worked their arses off and deserve all the praise I can throw their way.

However.

Pretty much the same squads made bloody hard work of what should have been “easy” games in earlier rounds. Where were were sneaking 1-0 results and knocking a couple in late on against T&T, we should have been managing comfortable 3-0 and 4-0 results. We didn’t. Because the team just weren’t trying. On that evidence alone, we were never a side in competition for the title. How often do you see Chelsea, Arsenal or ManUre hold back for a narrow win when they have the opportunity to showboat it and destroy an opponent? Even in their 1-0 wins, Chelsea never make it look like they’re holding back – just being boring and tactical.

Unless McLaren turns things around and opens his eyes to do something about the egos who just aren’t trying, we’ll never get any further than the Quarters.

Roll on Euro 2008 and hopefully a more mature and well-shaped squad who pull their fucking weight.

7 thoughts on “Scouse twat”

  1. I couldn’t agree more about spoiled spice. The only ability he has left for England is to take free kicks and corners (and he is no more than average at that). A captain should be there to keep the team in shape on the pitch and he isn’t capable of doing that.

    The boy Lennon, what can I say? Every time I saw him on the ball (in every match he played), he seemed to put the fear of God into defenders. One of the best players we took in my opinion. It’s almost criminal that some overpaid Swede only let him on the pitch for a few minutes.

    Hargreeves was another top player for me. I admit sometimes he was a little unwilling to take the ball, but I didn’t know anyone could have that much energy and skill after 2 hours of football.

    I’m a bit worried about McLaren. Every shot of the bench was one of him with his pen and paper working things out and showing it to Sven. I think that there was a 50/50 partnership running the team and it worries me we are putting 50% of that in charge of the whole team.

    Defence was solid, shame we didnÂ’t have enough options up front to match that.

    Oh well.

  2. P.S.

    Young Theo? Poor chap. He was just there because he was doing as he was told. If he turned the chance down he would have maybe shot his chances in the future. Not TheoÂ’s fault at all, but why was he taken if the manager didnÂ’t think he was good enough?

    He must have been so pissed off when Owen was injured. He would have been thinking “here’s my chance!”, but then we go 4-4-1-1? I bet he was furious!

    If the kid was good enough to go into the squad, he was good enough to sub for Owen and keep the 4-4-2 going. England did their best with 4-4-1-1 but we need two up front together really.

    If we got to the next round with only him and Crouch available I wonder if the slap head would have put him in or put Campbell up front as an “experiment”?

  3. Me and my mate were talking yesterday about the problems with the England team – it essentially boiled down to a few points.

    1 – Owen was unfit. They should have taken Darren Bent or Defoe. That way Owen could have been left to get fit for the new season for his club (who do pay his wages).

    2 – Sven is a useless coach, what the hell was the point in taking Jermaine Jenas. We could have taken Ian Nolan who has previous form in playing in other positions. There was always an argument for taking Phil Neviile (much as I loathe the little shit), as he can play both full-back positions as well as a holding midfield role.

    3 – Mike Baldwin is never going to drop beckham or any of the other primadonnas. So, we’ve got four years to look forward to watch Beckham playing at right back while Baldwin will scribble little notes on the sidelines.

    4 – the Premier league. Sue it’s a world class league. but how many of the world class players are actually English?

  4. Just been announced on the news – Saint David of Beckham has resigned the captaincy of the England team.

    Silver linings anyone?

  5. My prediction – C. Ronaldo will be chased to Real Madrid by the tabloids. He’ll be about as popular in Manchester as Gary Glitter in Mothercare. Assuming Rooney doesn’t put the hurt on the greasy little diver first…

    He was one of the dirtiest players in Euro2004 and hehasn’t got any better.

  6. SS – One thing that really pisses me off about ROnaldo is the fact that he *is* a genuinely talented player. Very skillful and a joy to watch. When he doesn’t cheat. Which is all the fucking time.

    Damo – I heard about the resignation. 4 years too fucking late, but as you say: silver linings

    Chris – agree completely about Theo and the lack of attack. It summed up our football when, after Beckham left the field, Neville was handed the armband. A defender. When we needed a leader in *attack*.

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