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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Oct 15, 2009 22:49 Flag

    Why do I not watch England any more?

    This kind of mirrors something I was reading the other day (can't remember where) but basically saying to win the world cup you need at least 4-5 world class players, with the rest balanced between really top quality and workers.

    England however can really lay claim to only have 2 world class players: Gerrard and Rooney. That is not a slur on the rest of the squad, but while many are honest hard working players, they are not, or not any longer world class players. We don't have a Cech or Buffon in goal. We don't have a Ronaldo or Messi providing wing play. We don't have a Xabi or Cesc in the center. And we don't have a natural center forward in the mold of Torres or Drogba.

    I still have a little more confidence than you for SA, as last night was really a look at the B-team. But the lack of creativity was obvious. But looking beyond that, unless I've missed something I see it getting worse. I'd expect this to be the last major tournament for Gerrard, but also for Lampard who I'd rate as the best of the rest. We'll also likely loose Terry and Rio at the back, who may not be world class, (at least Terry) have been stalwarts. And, other than Rooney and Walcott, I just don't see anyone who might be considered world class in the next 2-4 years.

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