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"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our goal, to ride out the storm of Klose and Mueller, and to outlive the menace of Lahm, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of Her Majesty's Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.
The British Empire. North, East, South, West and the Midlands linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen, France, Denmark and Italy have already capitulated, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in South Africa,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our penalty area, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving of power to watch the game, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the England fans, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old, young, men and women of our fair land. That land known as England"
COME ON ENGLAND
Keep the faith.....
Let’s look at this horror show, Gerrard and Lampard cannot play in the same team, all England fans know this.
The squad was by far too old and the number of unfit players that were taken is beyond believe, King, Milner.
If an experienced goalkeeper was needed then the only one in form was Robinson, and Joe Hart was the best English keeper to perform with distinction all season. Green’s West Ham was in a relegation fight and James’s Portsmouth was relegated.
As for cry baby Rooney, he just expected to turn up and got upset when all the England fans vented their dismay at such an inept performance, John Terry was a disruptive influence in the dressing room and should have been given the same treatment as Anelka and sent home.
As for Heskey, well words fail us all, o.k. he can do the donkey work after all he has been playing like one for years but Crouch should have partnered Defoe with J. Cole out wide whipping in the crosses for them.
How Capello can say we played well then I need to see his Psychiatrist or he definitely needs to go to Spec Savers.
The F.A. should rip up Capello’s £6 million contract and tell him to go.
Every single player who pulled the England shirt in South Africa were a disgrace to the name of England and showed no respect to the thousands of supporters who paid their way to the games with hard earned cash saved for by going short and gave 100% for these so called elite stars of our premier League who actually got paid for turning up let alone all the revenue from advertisements.
They then had the audacity to cry about being bored and restricted, did they forget that it wasn’t a holiday but a job, if the average working person in this country performed his job that badly they would be looking at his/hers P45 come Monday morning.
We should now forget about the European Championships but give Stuart Pearce and his under 21 squad full English status and build from that. The likes of Lampard, Gerard, Terry and the rest of that shower who tried to play have had their chances so get rid and start from scratch with a totally clean broom.
The likes of Hart, Dawson, and Adams are the way forward now.
All we will get is a team of Beckhams and caps for the boys.
As you all probably know I will always look for the positive side to things. My glass is always half-full attitude.....
So here goes.
There you have it.
On the minus side....
Why oh why did Capello rave on about Barry? He was the worst performer (IMO) from the sub standard display we all witnessed against a very average German side.
He was...oh! so slow... and cost us two of the goals. He could not pass side ways or forward with any accuracy and was only able to plod in a backwards motion.
Then the team forgot to pass to Milner, the only player who looked half decent in our last game, to whip in those 'hard to defend' crosses. Capello then decided "hang on a minute" and promptly bought him off for the prolific right winger....Joe Cole.
Then it got worse....bring off Defoe for Heskey because we need goals......? and Heskey is a target man....but....oh bollocks, I've just taken Milner off.
Lets stick with Rooney who either can't or wont run and force Gerrard to stay on the left wing. But hold tight....Gerrard is now helping Johnson in the right back position...! ffs.
Talking of Johnson at right back....whatever!
Lampard, as has been already pointed out, was lost in translation. Forwards? Backwards? Who cares?
To put it in a nutshell....
That was the worst performance I have ever seen by a so called England team. Yes, worse than Algeria.
This has been the worst World Cup campaign I have ever seen from an England side.
What possessed the FA to give Capello (does he look like postman Pat?) a four year contract when we were flattering to deceive for the last 12 months?
We won a very poor group to qualify and could not even remain unbeaten against even poorer opposition than we saw in SA.
We were disjointed against Mexico in the warm up game and very very luck to beat Japan.
In Spain they have over 750 professional coaches employed by their FA not attached to local clubs, who train school kids from the age of Five upwards. In England we have.....none.
To get a grassroots infrastructure in place will take years. In that case, no matter who is the England coach/manager we will win nothing for at least the next twenty years.
I fully back the call to limit the amount of over-seas players to five in a team on the pitch and perhaps eight in a squad.
We really need to start bringing players from normal back-street school through to playing in decent FA formed local school mini leagues, from a young age, where budding, promising players can be picked for trials.
The clubs could then form a dossier on youngsters and watch them develop. They could offer coaching as a matter of course for all teams who apply within their area. I don't mean the level we see now where an academy player will stand in a playground and shout "pass, trap it". I mean real coaching sessions where the sports teacher or parent volunteer are also taught basic training skills.
This is one way forward. I would be happy to hear other suggestions.
- 1 Reply to Alan H
The Germans know that they will have to break us in this Island or lose the game. If we can stand up to them, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the England Football team last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'