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Old September 8 2008, 02:06 PM   #703
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Re: (UEFA) Football Thread - Football not Soccer

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[England are on the same level of Scotland in terms of international ability.
Only one place apart in the latest FIFA rankings.

England continue to be woeful.

It's difficult to know where to start TBH.

GK - James/Robinson/Carson - What a fcuking choice that is, it's like trying to pick one of the three stooges....

Defence - Used to be our strong point. Now, due in part to the goalkeeping situation, along with other deficiencies, they play like they're constantly on the verge of doing something ridiculous. Terry and Ferdinand are decent players individually, but together, just doesn't really work. The fullbacks can either go forward or hold back, but seem incapable of doing both in the same game.

Midfield - On paper we should have one of the best midfields in the world; Joe Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Hargreaves, Beckham etc. Yet, again, put them together and they lack even a basic modicum of creativity on the international stage. Lampard and Gerrard in particular just can't bring their club form to the big stage. Beckham's career is winding down. Cole is played out of position on the left wing (which he does well enough), and really only Hargreaves plays to potential (most of the time).

In attack - Why do England managers continue to play him as an out-and-out striker. He's not, his best position is playing off the front man, or better still, behind a front pair. It's a sad indictment to say, that Rooney aside, our next best option in attack is the Owen/Heskey combination.

Seriously hope that Fabio's the man to do it, but someone really needs to sort England out, otherwise they'll be wandering around in the international wildneress for as long as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have......
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