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England camp feels the pressure as John Terry left slightly isolated ahead of crunch match against Slovenia

Former captain John Terry came out all patriotic and honest in an endearing interview with the media a few days ago where he highlighted the need for hard and fast talks with the manager, Joe Cole to be brough into the side and lifted the lid on the boredom affecting the English players.

Many have commented on how his honesty, which he explains was just an attempt to show how much he wants England to win this World Cup, portrayed an Englishman disappointed with the performances of his team so far. However Frank Lampard did not seem to back up his mate Terry and Manager Fabio Capello labelled the Chelsea centre back’s no holds barred media meeting ‘a big mistake’.

Today I am reading how sorry he is that he stepped out of line, but why should he. Lampard never says anything interesting and so one wonders why Capello can’t handle it when his players speak the truth. All the fans want Joe Cole not the leggy runner Shaun Wright-Phillips and one must wonder if Capello is taking tactical advice from Ian Wright.

Sven Goran-Eriksson was too familiar with his players, and Steve McClaren was all JT and Stevie G and that didn’t exactly work. But Capello is so far in the opposite direction, you wonder what the camp is like. Rooney described it as breakfast, lunch, training, sleep, dinner, sleep and said there are only so many games of pool and darts you can play. The performances have reflected this attitude of being flat and uninspired.

Considering the comparisons made with the England team of Italia 90′ who also drew their first two games and with senior players going to then manager Bobby Robson with a change of tactics at hand. However from images and videos of their camp, humour and laughter replace what we see in the 2010 group as boredom and strictness.
Gazza’s sillyness, messing around at the hotel pool and that infamous rap, Italia 90′ was not by a long way vintage England as they performed poorly but spirit and individual talent (Gazza, Linekar, Beardsley, Waddle, Platt) saw them achieve England’s greatest placing in a World Cup since 66′.

Gazza\’s Italia 90\’
Music cuts out quite a bit but worth sticking with it, favourite moment when during training Gazza goes to pick up a ball but keeps kicking it before he can reach it…

The Geordie had an eventful tournament from his comedy around the camp, fake boobs and eye catching performances and even though we all know it ended in tears, Gazza will be forever rememebered at that World Cup for what he brought to the national side.

One just wonders if England have such a talismanic, joker and talent such as Gazza who will pick up the team from their slump and inject a bit of English determination and style to brighten our so-far dull tournament.

For me that man could be Joe Cole. He will be desperate to impress as he looks for a new club after the competition and his laid back attitude is what England need right now. Replace the willing but lacking Emile Heskey, revert to a 5-man midfield with Gerrard behind Rooney and Joe Cole and Aaron Lennon out wide and lets have a go at Slovenia.

What have we got to lose…(oh yeah, about that)

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June 22, 2010 - Posted by | Football

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