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No Miracle At Wembley

McClownMy biggest problem with McClaren, outside of his tactical ineptitude, is that he expects things to just fall in place for him. Be damned with coming up with a plan of achieving your goal, shit will happen on its own. Maybe we should blame Israel for such misplaced beliefs held by McClaren because in all honesty they had no business defeating Russia and handing England an undeserved lifeline to Euro 2008 qualification. Watching England play today against Croatia I was left believing that McClaren had brainwashed the lads with his belief also. The first 45mins of the match England played like the result would just happen for them, that the star would align magically and Croatia would tremble at the sight of the mighty Three Lions. The goals would just keep on coming and when the final whistle was blown the jubilant English masses would storm the pitch lifting McClaren whilst hailing him as the saviour of English football. But being the bitch that reality is a crucial blow was dealt to McClaren’s lofty dreams when Croatia went one up within nine minutes from kick-off.

Through out the match, except a brief stretch in the second half, England lacked creativity. There was no structure to their play with player roaming around aimlessly on the pitch. Today’s football is all about building an attack from the midfield with skillful passes or dynamic interplay while linking up with forwards via through balls or passes from both flanks. This well known form of attacking football seems to have been lost to McClaren because he continues to utilize the wretched 5-4-1 formation with long ball hoofing. I mean who still wins Championships with that and it remotely entertaining? To make things worse on the side he gives players caps that he shouldn’t have. What was he thinking giving Scott Carson his first full competitive cap with so much at stake? I felt sorry Barry who has been a shinning light in England midfield looked hapless today. Instructed to play deep he looked no match to the speedy Croatia midfield and with his fellow midfielders wandering up front Barry looked overwhelmed with his role. Why McClaren thought the pairing of Lampard and Gerrard will magically work today is beyond me but maybe he thought the star will align and they’d magically start clicking. To go on about the flaws exhibited by McClaren tactical ineptitude would just drive me bonkers but the final result was just deserved. No way would I have been pleased sending that laughable lot to Switzerland/Austria especially with their display against Croatia.

Now maybe the FA can take a deep hard look at itself, understand that it’s greed is crippling the English game and right the wayward ship that is the Three Lions. Oh yeah, FIRE McCLAREN while your at it.

McClaren’s Ineptitude Shines Again

England Players
Many around the football blogosphere having been analyzing the England-Russia game to find out where the blame of England’s debacle should rest. Cases have been made for McClaren, Robinson and Gerrard, but in my opinion i say look no further than McClown himself or more specifically, his tactical shortcomings. The second half performance by Russia showed how a true coach with great presence of mind can make the right moves and say the right things to get his side going for a win. McClaren’s continual inability to motivate the players, as I’ve aways maintained, will be our downfall. On top of that he always plays the same tactical schemes be in a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formation. The problem with this is any decent/experienced coach can easily neutralize England’s tactical approach. The game of football is all about adapting to your opponents approach, failing in this is failing to advance in success within whatever competition you’re in.

It saddens me to say this but its better that we don’t qualify, I don’t need the humiliation we’ll face because I know The Three Lions will barely make it through the group stages and crash out in the quarterfinals. Plus why feed the money grubbing suits over at the FA who are too busy worrying about merchandising sales and not about performance on the pitch. But will England realistically make it to Euro 2008? No, mainly because that answer is not in the hands of England but in Russia’s. Russia has two games in hand, England has one, with both being winnable games. So if Russian goes on to win those two England players would be watching Euro 2008 from their respective television sets and awaiting news of a new coach