Comparing with the qualifying rounds (in Europe), there is definitely some conspiracy going on with team England. England was original and confident during the qualifying rounds. It seemed like the England squad in South Africa was reluctant to participate and quit the balls immediately (when touching their feet) either because the whole squad does not idealize one another or there is a huge indifference amongst one another.
Hesky should not be on that plane and he is awful. John Terry should be gotten rid off after the ‘affair,’ because he carried a baggage of issues which psychologically affects the team. If you watch the last few matches of the Chelsea game, Terry was already incoherrent. Garreth Barry is not ready and has yet to shrug off the injury – he is ‘The Midfielder – The Holder – The Destroyer’ but did not play into the role and as such Steven Gerard and Glenn Johnson had to double up the roles which basically let Rooney unattended with very few balls coming his way.
England’s team is surrounded with too many advertisements, endorsements and their image have solidified them into England’s football heros. With that popularity and spotlight, the ‘prima donna’ syndrome has preoccupied them. Such image and their face value do not give them an edge and affected their quality in within themselves. If you look at the other teams, the Yanks, the Japanese, the Koreans and even the South Americans, they do not care about their image and most people do not know them and as such they play their game to their tempo of justification and commitment. I remember Roy Keane once commented that some players in the Red Devils team are only Prima Donnas and not commanding their game with enough respect. This is what’s happening with England today!
Discipline is not only on the field or during the games to be played. A footballer representing England should command respect and be disciplined on and off the field. They should STOP partying !!!!
Lastly, English players hail from the Premier League are burnt out! The EPL season coupled with the Champions or UEFA Cup, the FA and the League Cups are just too damn long!
My generous opinion is there is nothing wrong with Fabio Cappello or for any England manager who is in-charge. I think the FA of England should strategised what is best for England. My pick is either to select 22 players (from a genuine English club – no foreigners at all – a lower club from a lower league has my full support) and the manager from that club has to manage the England squad – you can never go wrong from there.