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I actually always want England to do reasonably well in these tournaments because I follow the premier league (2 time CW Fantasy Football Champion) significantly more than any other league.
Please correct if I'm wrong but I feel as though English footballers rarely score the late equaliser or the winning goal in premiership games. I don't know if their is a stat to back this up or if its because so many foreign players in the league are naturally going to score the deciding goal more often but it just felt like the England squad were waiting for someone else to provide that moment of genius. In hindsight, I think Carroll would have been a better bench option than Lambert as the bench had really low impact in both games.
I don't think Gerrard's time has passed completely but it's clear that they can't pick him in a two-man midfield. All of the clubs have moved to three midfielders now anyway and Rooney is the main reason England haven't followed suit, but I think the country will be more open to the idea of leaving him on the bench for the good of the team after this tournament.
Saw this on the BBC. As a cricket fan and a United fan I'm familiar with the English press. Are the other European countries as harsh on their national teams and players?Harry Redknapp: "When I was at Tottenham and full internationals came around, two or three players didn't want to play.
"They did not want to go and play for England. They'd come to me 10 days before the game and say: 'Gaffer get me out of the game because I don't want to play in that game'.
"I think it's only going to get worse because they see the stick the England players get.
"They're earning fantastic money at their clubs and playing Champions League and thinking: 'Do we need that aggro?'"
For the public to get on the back of an individual player they have to have a real shocker - generally we save the bile for the manager - I think Harry is mischief making tbh
There's probably something in the criticism of too many foreign players in the PL but I'm not sure how you fix the more young/English players in teams without a quota system. Which would last until the first court challenge for restraint of trade.
Too much criticism? Please. Subcontinental cricketers have been trying to use that excuse for decades. Sorry but someone criticizing you unfairly isn't the reason you're 30lbs overweight.
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