Tuesday, 12 October 2010

England 0 - 0 Montenegro - England look hopeless...

So England drew nil - nil with the Eastern European super power of Soccer that is Montenegro. Or more correctly, England but on a display so dismal and without hope for the future that it begs the question, why bother?

England's shortcomings at the World Cup and the shortcomings of some of our best players this season meant that Capello threw out a team that looked light on big names and caps. Granted the likes of Jolean Lescott returning at the back doesn't exactly install confidence, given his drop in form since his switch to Man City, but you know the lad can do a job against a Montenegro side. And a job he did helping returning Captain Rio Ferdinand and Joe Hart keep a clean sheet.

I would have liked to see some fresher faces at the back, such as Stoke's Ryan Shawcross or even Gary Cahill, surely either one of them could have stepped up to the plate? Then of course there's the question of why Capello keeps snubbing Joe Cole? Especially when he's playing with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard who has been the only England player to prove his worth since the 4 - 1 caning by Germany in South Africa,

Of course the main story of the night goes to that of Kevin Davies, the Bolton hitman who bangs in the goals come Saturday's but never got picked for England. Presumably because he never hit the tabloids like the likes of Rooney, Terry and Beckham. Still the striker whose skill set defines what it means to be a Target man - physicality, heading, a nose for goals and most importantly strength and love of the game. He may have won his first tonight but he looked comfortable during the match and he looked assured before coming on.

It's unfortunate then that at 33, Davies has no real England future. Come the Euro Championship in 2012, the big man will be 35, surely too old to compete at International level?

What I would like to know however is why aren't we getting the injection of new blood into the England squad? Ashley Young and Adam Johnson are all well and good, but goals win you games and the service these two provided tonight was questionable.

Both Young and Johnson had good games to be fair, but their service was inconsistent at times. They can definitely do a job given time but tonight all we got was a lot of cutting inside and a lot of chances wasted from outside the box, mainly from Johnson on the set pieces. It seems to me that both of these wingers suffer the same problem as Theo Walcott, mainly being wingers who can't cross a ball.

Still my disdain for Walcott is an issue for another time. All that matters to night is England remain unbeaten in the 2010/11 season, remain uninspiring, remain hopeless, remain looking foolish after the World Cup shambles.

Still super striker 'J-Def' is yet to return. Maybe when he does he can show Rooney how to do his job, mainly sticking the ball in the back of the net.

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