Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh England...

I was eight years old the last time England won the World Cup. Being highly impressionable at that age, I more or less assumed that it was normal for England to win the World Cup, and that we would keep on doing so every four years. So imagine my continuing disappointment when it keeps on not happening.

Last night's performance against 'plucky' Trinidad and Tobago was nothing less than appalling. England did not deserve their two goals in the final eight minutes. I have no words to describe how badly they played. They did not look like a team, easy-looking chances were squandered, and can somebody please explain to me why Peter Crouch is allowed to play?


Anonymous Dubaibilly said...

So that the ball can bounce off his head - sometimes he gets lucky and it bounces into the net, he certainly never heads it with any force, aim, power, effort etc

9:12 am  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

Crouch should stay home an dwatch the WC from his couch

Pathetic showing by England. So far, only Spain and Italy impressed

12:32 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

Crouch is allowed to play because Sven won't admit he was wrong. He gets stubborn and refuses to do what's obvious to everyone. Same with Owen - unfit and out of form, shouldn't be there.
Gerrard used in a defensive role, when going forward he's the best of the midfielders. His match-winning talents as a playmaker and goal scorer are completely wasted by Sven's tactics. And wait until the ext manager takes over, he's probably worse!!!

The score, the fact they've won their first two matches (for the first time), the fact they're through to the next round, will all hide the fact that it's been bad selection, an unbalanced team, bad tactics and they've played appallingly badly.

As I typed that I heard some prat on BBC World Service saying "They've won their first two games, they couldn't do better than that." Jesus!!

12:56 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

By the way, dubaibilly I couldn't agree more. Crouch is only in the team because he's tall enough to get the ball on his head, yet he doesn't attack the ball, he doesn't head it, he doesn't direct it - he simply lets it hit his head.
And as for that miss last evening a couple of metres out from an open goal...

12:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they win I am assuming you will be eating your words... is this just the great british way of knocking success... yes they were skectchy at times but they did the job - it is the nature of these events that you do not have all the players firing on all guns all the time... the manager aside the team worked as best they could it the circumstances.... perhaps a little support would not go amiss.... group hug anyone?

4:37 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

Anonymous, doing just enough to get by, in any aspect of anything you do, just isn't good enough as far as I'm concerned.

'We won so it's OK' isn't acceptable, it's a cop out. They could have done much better and they should have.

7:18 pm  
Blogger Seabee said...

By the way, "a little support wouldn't go amiss"...people support their team, in this case England, and get upset when the people connected with it don't perform to the expected standards.

Supporting people guilty of that, thus encouraging mediocrity, is the wrong thing to do.

7:24 pm  
Blogger A Yahya said...

They were playing Trinidad and Tobago. I didnt even know they had a football team and most people on this planet didnt know that a country called Trinidad and Tobago even existed.

Really England has nothing to proud of for beating them.

11:28 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

At least the captain had the honesty to apologise for the performance!

7:00 pm  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Peter Crouch is the 2006 answer to Emile Heskey.

12:10 pm  

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