Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
I wasn't suggesting we should automatically sweep teams like Algeria aside, but if one looks at any accepted measurement of the net ability/worth of an international side (recent results, rankings, players' domestic performances) then I reckon it's fair to say Algeria are demonstrably inferior. From memory they'd lost 6 of their last 7 games before they played us.
There is something wrong tho, whether it's fear or failure, hubris, techincal ineptitude, fatigue or a combo thereof. Capello needs to crack heads; bloke's a proven winner wherever he's been so his ability isn't in doubt. Same can't be said of the players.
Yeah, I know you weren't suggesting it, but I wonder if the players have that mind set is all. It was like they'd all had a valium half an hour before the match. Just a bizarre performance all round.
As everyone's noted, if they'd had an unlucky draw or whatever, so be it, but I honestly couldn't believe they played the way they did. And i was supporting them, certainly not barracking against them.
Dunno why that is tbh. Have always supported England at the WC, guess it was all those years we never made it, and they had the players I was most familiar with from watching First Division/ EPL all those years.