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Beat the penalty shoot-out jinx and then we might be able to assess England's true potential .England can play like world-beaters as much as they like but when they get to the knock-out rounds the opposition will have one up on them all the time because they will always be confident in beating England on a penalty shoot-out and can use spoiling tactics to play for a draw.
Football has deteriorated so much - goalkeepers in short sleeves, players in pink and blue boots, trousers that look more and more like skirts, jerseys hanging out shabbily- none of the England players of the last twenty five years would have made it into the squad of '66 and '70. Rooney, Beckham, Gerrard - all overrated - in a period of world wide decline and mediocrity of football players.
Ah, the wind has changed Mr Charlton. Can I please refer your to your previous comments made in June and ask you to engage the brain before making such grandiose predictions:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18568571Great player though!
Michael Owen has 40 England goals... and is a very good guy, but gets nothing but hate and envy, as near as I can tell...Rooney is hot-headed, with a very poor first touch and a record of going missing when most needed, but 'we' seem to believe he is still somehow 'world class' - strange...
surely that idiot gerrard was taking the proverbial when said england would win the world cup???? this is just self promotion again. he should be discarded with a number of others eg rooney,lampard,terry et al. to others on this board. will you ever learn???
Cricket, Olympics, Tennis, England Football Team....Always so quick to jump on GB teams' backs. We have turned it around in other sports from time to time, just give them a chance.We are not great and in fact often over-achieve by regularly topping qualifying and getting to knockout stages of major tournaments. Well done boys, even if you are overpaid & arrogant enough to think you're worth it!
wouldnt a more accurate statement be England will NEVER win the world cup....?and why oh why do we have this false hope/ hallucination that roony is going to make a difference.. he is constantly outclassed at international level. I always breath a sigh or relief when hes not available as the team has better chance with him not involved.
Actually, Sir Bob is right. But he didn't say we are useless. He said we are not good enough to win the World Cup. And when Wayne Rooney is hailed as a Messiah that's a true statement. Rooney was second choice at club level to Ronaldo. Now, he's second choice to RVP. And for once, I agree with fergie. But the new Burton centre gives us hope as we invest in youth. That is the key....
JY-S. Good point but I think English people can be team minded too. I also think there is a lot of skill there. Something isn't quite happening in the mind's of the players. Spain were perennial non-achievers until recently so things can change. I'm not sure the influx of foreigners is to blame either as the problem has been around ( with a few years exception ) since Puskas in 1953.
The Germans are team-minded. They form a group to cross the road or go for a beer. They are brilliant at working together. Couldn't we instill some of this in our kids? The French are individualists (ie selfish). But their kids spend thousands of hours outside practising with a ball. True, it's easier somewhere sunny. But the average French lad has better ball skills than most English pros...
SixfootfiveThat's a good point - there is a lot of negativity about. But the results just don't stack up. Germany has a comparable population and player base ( I would have thought ) The Bundesliga is hardly setting the Champions League alight. But look at their record in Tournaments. The 2000 German side was ridiculed and promptly appeared in the 2002 World Cup Final. How do they do it?
He may as well have said Scotland have no chance of winning in 2014 as they have as good a chance as England....no chance is no chance and you don't get degrees of it.
Too much dependance on Rooney in England squad. Too much dependance on clubs in top half PL. Create aspiration and build team from lower half PL and top CL. No way a European team will win WK in Bra-zil.
Unfortunately Bobby is right. However it is not the strength of the Premier League that does England in. Ask yourself how a Premier League best 11 would fair against a Spanish league best 11. You would have the nucleus of the Barcelona team with the likes of Cassillas, Ozil, Ronaldo and Falcao thrown in. We would get stuffed !!
Why should Charlton add something positive? The media does a hype on players and make them bigger then they are. World class players? Well do up a great European (not even World) 23 men squad and see how many English will feature. it might be Rooney only. And PFL clubs are not interested in English players. The eight home grown players only make up the numbers while 11 foreigners play.
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