Posted 2012/05/01 by matthewsf in Uncategorized. 26 Comments
Euro a grand ol’ chum.
Official announcement in a few hours today.
And away we go......!
Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/01 at 5:35 AM
Paul Konchesky at leftback?
Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/05/01 at 6:06 AM
Steven Gerrard/Frank Lampard/Gareth Barry and eventually Rooney clogging up the center of the pitch? John Terry ambling after center forwards while Cahill valiantly tries to catch up to his rapidly escaping reputation? Theo Walcott running straight off the pitch while Ashley Young sits and watches?
Sadly, if Alex Ferguson were given this group, it might have a chance. If not, more of the same apparel companies and backroom politics and substandard results for a side of this quality.
Posted by Jared on 2012/05/01 at 6:29 AM
Better choice than Redknapp but they’ll still go out at the quarterfinals at best. The players just aren’t good enough.
His first phone call should be to Paul Scholes to convince him to come back to the squad for one last go. He would be a major passing upgrade over any of their other options.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/01 at 4:32 PM
You make it sound if the QF is bad. With Spain, Germany and Netherlands in a better place than England, then throw France, Italy and Portugal in [and that’s just UEFA], then the picture looks clearer, no? You shouldn’t read the RedTops and believe it.
Posted by Jared on 2012/05/02 at 5:44 AM
I think the quarterfinals are great results for England. Unfortunately for England managers, the fans, press and higher ups don’t agree. It’s not just the red tops, it’s virtually all of the media over there think England are much better than they are.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/02 at 6:46 AM
There are some delusional fans, yes. And they do confuse patriotism and desperation with being realistic.
Personally, I think the QF is the minimum we should hope for, and probably about right given our talent vs. other teams. Anything further is great.
But this is tournament football and anything can happen.
Look at Chelsea for example, who would have thought they’d get to the CL Final?
I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping. But that doesn’t mean I am shouting from the rooftops thinking we are a great team, our recent results and performance don’t warrant that.
Posted by SamT on 2012/05/01 at 7:37 AM
A friend mentioned to me that the 4 person committee making this decision included:
1.Head of the FA, the former chairman of French Connection (originators of the F.C.U.K. campaign)
2. A guy who reports to #1, the press officer of the FA
3. A guy who reports to #1, the accountant for the FA
4. Trevor Brooking, a player from the 70s/80s
So it seems only suitable that the headline for this hiring should be…
“F.C.U.K. the Three Lions”
Posted by Bode on 2012/05/01 at 8:26 AM
Can’t wait to watch this car crash happen. I wonder if he will alienate England’s top players as quickly as he did at Liverpool.
Posted by dth on 2012/05/01 at 9:06 PM
The real car crash will be Stuart Pearce running Team GB.
Whether you appointed Pep Guardiola or Steve Kean, the result will be more-or-less the same with the Rooney situation + Cleverley/Wilshere injuries. This tournament’s a mulligan for England. 2014, with a pretty promising set of young talent, is the real target. It’s hard to see exactly how it fits together perfectly (the real problem for England is: Wayne Rooney #10 or #9?) but there’s enough there that a manager of imagination could work with it.
Posted by Bode on 2012/05/01 at 8:45 AM
Not saying I can predict the future, but I’m pretty sure we know exactly what England is going to get out of Roy.
Hodgson’s record in England:
Blackburn – 52 Games; 34.6% Won; 1.37/1.42 Goals for/against
Fulham – 94 Games; 34% Won; 1.01/1.12 Goals for/against
Liverpool – 20 Games; 35% Won; 1.20/1.35 Goals for/against
West Brom – 48 Games; 37.5% Won; 1.31/1.40 Goals for/against
Fabio Capello’s Record for England
42 Games; 66.7% Won; 2.10/0.83 Goals for/against
Bob Bradley’s USA Record (Didn’t England know he was available? :P):
80 Games; 53.75% Won; 1.68/1.23 Goals for/against
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/01 at 1:53 PM
Capello’s record is fantastic (and I was sad to see him go), but we still got knocked out in the Last 16 in the World Cup. Only statistic that matters!
Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/01 at 8:46 AM
Interesting selection here in my opinion. If you look at England, they really have some exquisite attacking prospects and players in the fold, less defense.
Victor Moses (oops, sorry George)
They also have some attacking fullbacks in Danny Moses and Kyle Walker.
But hodgson is notoriously “prudent” in his philosophies. Interesting selection
Posted by dth on 2012/05/01 at 9:08 AM
Besides the Rooney thing, England is very unfortunate to have lost Cleverley and Wilshere to injury. I suspect the Best XI a year from now will have both Wilshere and Cleverley patrolling the middle of the park with the Lampard/Gerrard question completely ignored.
Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/01 at 11:25 AM
I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Cleverley and Rodwell in the middle long term. I think Wilshire needs to prove he stand up to both EPL and international game in the middle.
Posted by Bode on 2012/05/01 at 9:53 AM
Who is Danny Moses? Why aren’t you mentioning Baines, Cole, and Johnson as attacking fullbacks?
Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/01 at 11:24 AM
Danny Rose* — As for Baines (negligent on defense), Cole (sunsetting), Glen Johnson (are you mad?) :> — talking about the development of the next generation.
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/01 at 1:33 PM
THFC’s Danny Rose?
Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/01 at 1:44 PM
Victor Moses has agreed to play for Nigeria (believe he was born there and moved to London as a child, where he was spotted by CPFC’s scouts).
You forget Josh McEachran and one of the twins at United (forget his name).
Not sure how I feel about this appointment. I guess he will be very pragmatic and organised. I also feel he’ll be dead man walking. Not easy to manage when you’re not the first choice. Look what happened to him at Liverpool. Heck, look at Bradley with the USMNT.
Posted by dth on 2012/05/01 at 1:59 PM
McEachran got loaned to Wigan, right? Is he doing well? I haven’t heard his name at all.
A McEachran/Wilshere/Cleverley midfield trio would intrigue me quite a bit.
Posted by Spiritof76 on 2012/05/02 at 9:34 AM
McEachran is at Swansea. Haven’t watched them play much, so not sure if he’s getting minutes.
Posted by Antonio H. on 2012/05/01 at 10:10 AM
The rebirth of Heskey? You’ll need someone to hold up the ball and drag opposing CBs into unwilling areas if all you’ll be doing in counter-attacking.
Posted by dude on 2012/05/01 at 10:57 AM
For you cannot get more British than Roy Hodgson.
Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/05/01 at 6:05 PM
Posted by dude on 2012/05/02 at 8:08 AM
If you were to look at the above picture, and then a picture of Kenny, which would you choose to be the Brit? For me, the choice is the man who looks like a disapproving but rather odd ball vicar who’s mother was a Hobbit.
Dalglish would also be accepted into many world cultures. Hodgson, where’s he gonna go?
Posted by Antonio Henry on 2012/05/02 at 5:47 PM
Papisse scores sweaty goals
Posted by dth on 2012/05/02 at 7:28 PM
Eddie Johnson is perhaps worse than I thought he was. Just brutally awful–like inviting Katy Perry to sing backing vocals for the Beatles or something.
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