Tuesday, 30 November 2010

What next for England and Capello?

What next for England and Capello?

Coming off the back of another World Cup failure, you would have thought Fabio Capello would have learnt his lesson. Ever since the humiliation at the hands of the Germans, Capello has insisted he will blood youngsters into the team in order to have a chance of being world champions in four years time. A few games later and we couldn’t be further away from ruling the world.

Another defeat against France has really put the pressure back on the England manager but to be fair he doesn’t help himself when it comes to that. Strange selections and tactics have left people wondering if this is the same manager who has had so much success at club level.

People have started to question his ability and that has started to show as the national side seem to be losing their reputation on the international stage.

The three lions are going backwards and many fans have lost faith and started to turn their backs on the national side in order to concentrate on their clubs sides that show more passion and determination to succeed.

There are obviously more rewards in the domestic game but it should be an honour and a pleasure to play for your country. The players don’t show the pride and hunger to want to play for England and the fans have started to see that. How to eradicate this slump I hear you ask?

We HAVE to bring in a successful English manager to inject English tactics and options that are familiar with the players. We need to show more aggression and pace that we see week in week out in the Premier League.

Foreign managers just don’t understand the way we like to play football. We want to get stuck in and impose ourselves on the game and an English manager would communicate better with his troops which is one of the failures of Capello.

Playing players in their correct positions would help. Steven Gerrard off the striker is the prime example. How long will it take Capello to understand, he watches him enough in the league so why can’t he see he performs better off a lone striker.

Failing to reward Scott Parker and Kevin Davies’ current form with an England cap for the game against France was a farce. After a striker shortage, Davies was needed but instead he went for Jay Bothroyd who is a Championship player and Carlton Cole who is nowhere near England quality.

Parker has single handled earned precious points for West Ham this season and deserves a chance as Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry are too slow and seem to give the ball away so cheaply in the middle of the field.

It’s nice to see youngsters finally getting the chance to pull on their new footbal kits. They inject pace, enthusiasm and passion into the side which is something the fans love.

This is the way to go but can Capello get the best out of them, I’m not so sure. Until the national side can appoint a manager who can motivate and use the right tactics, England will suffer and will continue to become the laughing stock of international football.