England v Who?
June 23, 2010
So the nation holds it’s breath before the defining England game of the Capello era.
This afternoon, circa 3pm, our national team take on the smallest country out of the 32 teams that entered these World Cup finals.
Something is very, very wrong with this!
How the hell are we in this position? possibly the easiest group England have ever had in World Cup history, with a supposedly Golden Generation of players at the disposal of one of the greatest managers of his generation, and we are left worrying about getting a result against those giants of football, namely Slovenia.
The ball, the altitude, the attitude, the tactics, the players, the manager….. the list is endless, in terms of excuses for the first two results in this World Cup, but lets be clear about this, if we fail to beat Slovenia this afternoon, and other results dependant, it will be the biggest cock up in World Cup history.
Conversely, a convincing win, and the nation will be lifted, along with the team, and talk of once again becoming World Champions will be high on every Englishman’s agenda.
Fabio Capello, who was ironically born very near the Slovenian/Italian borders, has to get the team/formation right today, the players are stifled in the old-fashioned 4-4-2 with a big man and little man up front.
We need more control in midfield, in Rooney, we have a player who can thrive as the lone man up top, so play 5 in the midfield and take bloody control of the heart of the pitch, unlike the previous 2 games.
For me, the back 5 sorts itself out, but in midfield I would drop Fat Frank, and stick in a trio of Barry, Milner and Gerrard, with Lennon giving an outball and width down the right, and Joe Cole in on the left to come inside, leaving space for the overlapping Cunt to expose.
No chance he will play said side, as there is much talk of a Rooney/Defoe partnership today.
That worries me, as it would mean another bash at 4-4-2 against a team who will be playing 5-5-0. The Slovenians only need a draw and they are through, 0-0 is the masterplan for them, there will be no adventure, just a punishing nullification of our final third.
How it got to this, who knows, but the country will unite in support for 90 minutes… and you cannot beat the spirit and togetherness of 60M people when such an important game of football is on.
Forget Eastenders, for sheer drama, nothing compares with following England at the World Cup.
Come on England!