Monday, 14 November 2011

Euro 2012: Analysing England

England last won a prestigious footballing event back in 1966. It was Sir Alf Ramsey that led them to a glorious 4-2 victory in extra time against the West German side in the final.

Since winning the World Cup in 1966, England have failed to obtain any other high-status trophy.

The closest they came to winning a European title was back in 1996 where England finished in a respectable 3rd place. Those following the Euro 2012 odds will be wondering how they will get on this season.

Fabio Capello – England’s current manager - has the formidable task of leading the England side to victory in the Euro 2012. In terms of talent, England are right up there with Germany, France, and Italy. But for some reason, England seem to underperform each time a Euro Cup, or a World Cup comes around.

This could be down to the people of England’s high expectations for their national side, or it could be down to poor managerial skills, it could even be down to a lack of quality players.

At first, Capello was deemed to be a good choice as the leader of the English national team. But after achieving next to nothing, most English fans want rid of the Italian manager.

With Capello stepping down at the end of the Euro 2012, the manager that England fans want most is Tottenham’s current boss Harry Redknapp. I’m sure that Redknapp has the potential to do a much better job than the current manager.

England’s last match saw them face Montenegro with the result ending in a 2-2 draw. In that particular match, Manchester United’s Ashley Young, and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent managed to get on the score sheet. Both of the aforementioned players will be a danger to any opposition in the Euro 2012.

At the moment, Capello needs to look at which players are on form, and pick the players accordingly. For example, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Bent have formed an impressive strike partnership for Aston Villa, and Capello would be daft not to use that to his advantage in the forth-coming matches.