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Capello, with all these injury’s we are spoiling you.

September 9th, 2010 by · No Comments · Features, Football

In the last two England games FabCap may just have got lucky in a way that Bobby Robson did in 1990. Unbeaten in qualifying, but pilloried by the media and public after a poor start to the World Cup, Robson lucked out when his own players insisted on a change of formation and team. The next four games turned him into the nations sweetheart but he really did little more than stand and watch.

Capello’s forced replacements: goalkeeper, central defenders, strikers, has the team looking fresher and more animated than for years. His shuffling of midfield, made necessary by injury, has also worked well. But let’s not pretend it has anything to do with the manager’s genius. And let’s remember that looking good in qualification games early in a season is no indication of class.

Which brings me to today’s rant.

Poke me in the eye with a red-hot pepperami if I hear one more pundit ask why ‘we’ look like a world-class team in qualifiers but a half-arse team in tournaments. Jamie Redknapp spouted a common line on Super Tuesday Night Sky by suggesting that England just need to learn ‘tournament football’ to be the finished article. It was a common theme in the press and on the phone-ins.

Here’s a little pearl of wisdom for you so-called experts. ‘Qualifying’ means playing 4 or 5 teams that aren’t good enough to make it to a major tournament. ‘Major Tournaments’ means everyone you play was good enough to make it to a Major Tournament.

Simple as that – now shut the f*ck up.

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