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Away Goals Rule Back’s the Bid – 2018 world cup

Posted by Jarv on July 29, 2009

Away Goals Rule Back’s the Bid for England to Host the 2018 world cup, although the decision maybe nearly 2 years away it’s important to show support for bringing the biggest football competition to England’s Green and pleasant lands.

There has been a lot of discussion about which cities will win the right to host the tournaments games, the only Stadia that are assured of being used are Old Trafford and of course Wembley but which ever ones are chosen there surely can’t be any alternative destinations with as good infrastructure and enough stadia that are already of the required standard for the host nation than England

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England Vs Germany

Posted by Jarv on November 17, 2008

Well its time for another pointless international friendly for England this week. I’m sure there are some reading this saying “ but its Germany, it’s a big game” well no actually its not it is at best a B international friendly and a lot of the big names seem to not take it seriously either.

Look at the list of absentees which include Heskey, Rooney, Gerrard, lampard, Ferdinand and Terry, arguably that’s pretty much the entire spine of the team missing. Both Ferdinand and Rooney missed the demolition of stoke city on Saturday but both Terry and Gerrard managed to play for their clubs and will no doubt most of those missing through “injury” will make miraculous recoveries for the next round of premier league fixtures and will probably play 90 minutes.

For a few players it’s a chance to impress the national manager with Call ups for Agbonglahor and Ashley young, who you might remember I said should have been called up previously. The most surprising call up for me was Michael Mancienne who I had only previously heard of playing Football manager ( a review of Football manager 2009 which can be found here) he was decent on there but then again so was Nii Lamptey. A few of the regular posters at the Away Goals Rule Football Forum have seen him on loan at Wolves this season and said he is top quality, if he should he play he will need to be.

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England 5-1 Kazakhstan – The Review

Posted by Kieran H on October 12, 2008

First off, the one thing we can take from this game is that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard do not work together in the same midfield.  This has been obvious to all but one man in the country for several years now, unfortunately the one man has happened to be the England manager at the time.  Although we did win 5-1, the fluency in the midfield was, particularly before the Kazakhstanis tired, dire.  One of these two players must be dropped, Gareth Barry was hailed as a revelation after putting in fairly average performances for England, simply because of the huge gap in quality between “average” and “Gerrard and Lampard together”  For me, Lampard and Barry, Carrick or Hargreaves should start in the centre of midfield, Lampard is simply one of the best midfielders in the world, criminally underrated in England though, due to a few bad games at the World Cup, and while a defensive player is not required next to him (Exemplified by his performances next to Ballack and Deco) he does play best next to one.

Another thing which one can learn from that match is that Wayne Rooney is not a left winger, he is a second striker.  Again, this has been obvious to many people for years, but managers seem to miss it.  Gerrard argues that his versatility is the reason that he is not the greatest England player, I would argue that Rooney’s versatility is the reason he is not in the running for World Player of the Year.

Due to his versatility, he is often played out of position to accomodate inferior players (Tevez for Manchester United, a multitude of players for England, today Gerrard)  While in itself, accomodating players is not necessarily a bad thing, in the case of Rooney it is – Rooney is potentially one of the best forwards in the world, while when played at left wing he is merely slightly above average.  Playing him as a first striker can be succesful (Manchester United ’08) but you need the players around him to make it work, players it appears England don’t have.  Rooney must play in his position or not play at all.

With regards Ashley Cole, the treatment he received was, to put it mildly, a disgrace, it makes me wonder what sort of complete idiots go to England matches that they roundly boo their own player after he makes a big mistake.  Even heard the excuse that they did it because he is a bad person and cheated on his wife.  Mentalists.

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Posted by Jarv on October 10, 2008

With less than 24 hours until England play Kazakhstan I find myself wondering what has Ashley Young got to do to earn a call up? Of the games I have seen so far this season he has been outstanding with no Joe Cole in the squad surely Ashley young would have been a great choice for the wide left slot. Why? Why is Ashley young not in the England Team

I’m hoping that Capello plays the same team where possible that put in the quality display against Croatia, with Terry and Joe Cole not available they have to be replaced and for some reason I have a horrible feeling that Gerrard will replace Joe Cole and Gareth Barry will end up shunted out left.

For me if he plays in the middle this is the last chance for Gerrard who is a frustrating player, plays wonderfully well for Liverpool week in week out but very rarely is anything better than distinctly average to poor for the England team and I can’t explain why that is.

I’m guessing Matthew Upson will replace Terry in the centre of defence and Ferdinand will captain the side as, in my view anyway, should have been given the job of full time for both Manchester United and England.

As it looks like Gary Neville will not play every week man United ought to have given the captaincy to someone who will and the best choice is Rio.

Finally the above views are my own and if you disagree with them please come and say so on the football forum

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