At 6/22/10 06:13 PM, NEVR wrote:
Of course I agree that England have the skill deep down (perhaps very deep down, lol), but if they're struggling at the group stage then it seems to me to be an indication that either they don't deserve to go through to the knockout stage, or they simply don't have it in them this time around.
It's going to be very tight, definitely, and they need to start showing some consideration for that. At the third match, they really shouldn't be thinking, 'Oh, I hope we don't face Germany next!', but rather just focus on getting through! I was impressed with Slovenia and the USA in their match (as much as it should've been 3-2 of course, but we'll leave that can of worms at the side here...), and while Algeria have been less than interesting to watch for the most part, it's tricky, but not a last breath for success ordeal.
I'm expecting an American victory tomorrow. Will it be hugely influential on England? Who knows, this World Cup is full of surprises, as always!
Either way, I'll be watching the match tomorrow and hoping that England can pull their collective finger out.
Me too, if only just to get an exciting game out of it. I don't know if Capello will respond to the problems so far via formation and pickings sufficiently - as they've said, he's a picky guy. A strong manager who knows what he's doing, but stubborn also. They need to try and ignore the media and so on too, all of them. If the fans are booing you at the World Cup, then something's wrong - never mind whether or not the fans were in the right. Rooney and his outburst were just silly! I was like, 'Dude, you've just had one particularly dire game, and another subpar one, lol.' Out of frustration warranted maybe, but this stuff will be blown up. This John Terry rebel, 'revolution' business is stupid too, similarly.
Although it did introduce the thought of the England players throwing copies of The Communist Manifesto at Capello while 'psycho' Stuart Pearce goes crazy at them.
These sorts of things can be added ot my brief list from earlier, along with stupid, more general excuses like the ball and the vuvuzelas.
Bear in mind with my predictions though, I had it in my head that the Algeria game would be a real points/goals gold mine. Whoops.As did I, man.
I think the BBC summed it up in one of their many, many montages of England playing:
'Why does it always have to be such an ordeal to watch England play?'
Credit to them for getting BRIAN BLESSED in the most recent one. That'll get them up and running!