England leave Brazilian World Cup
after early preliminary exit
Since Thursday’s crushing defeat by Uruguay and Italy’s follow up loss to Costa Rica, England have crashed out of the 2014 World Cup making it the first early exit for 24 years. The extravaganza, from Rio de Janeiro in host nation Brazil, blame, disappointment and upset spurred from fans of the Three Lions squad.
What exactly was England’s problem and can it be rectified?
As with every defeat, the manager is always the first point of call for blame. Instant calls for manager Roy Hodgson to step down were sent out by disheartened footie lovers. Hodgson, who was revealed not to give his players a pep talk before heading onto the pitch and instead allows them to quietly contemplate what the match means to them may be a starting point of enthusiastic flaw. Whilst Hodgson does not need to give huge loving appraisals to boost his team’s spirits with a heavy spout of shout, the team could benefit with a tad of enthusiasm. With a confidence boost England can thrive fuller to an extent and develop a compact beginning to tighten their on pitch performance as a unit.
We don’t believe Hodgson should resign after one entry but the formation of the team was simply to ‘look diverse’ and ‘give everyone a chance to play’ which did not benefit the team overall. Caving into PR pressure on look than skill has marred England’s shabby performance this World Cup season.
New and fresh faces were added to boost a newer, fresh opportunity. The goalkeeper is the second cause of blame for letting the goal pass through to the net, obviously. While Joe Hart isn’t the best goalie out there, Mr. Elastic Man is tall, compact and stable. His catching of the ball from afar, playing more football than the players in the game and maintaining as much defence as possible is a credit unwarranted by many. Hart should not have been allowed to be so easily exposed. His teammates were not there on defence and all upfront. Where were the defence? The defence push themselves forward with all on attack. This itself leaves Hart alone and vulnerable. The only star player of the match, especially in the floundering Uruguay match, was the heading sensation Gary Cahill. The twenty-eight year old’s passion, agility and attempts to get stuck in and defend were an outstanding display that shamed the rest of the team. He needs to be used more.
The shocking actions that Frank Lampard was on the bench instead of on the pitch was a choice that is questionable. Lampard has the skills, drive and gumption to boost a forward thrust on the pitch.
Mr. Elastic Man Joe Hart dives for the ball
Wayne Rooney complained he needed to be placed as its top striker. Instead Darren Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were the key players here. Both were doing good jobs as strikers but in the Uruguan game they were misplaced and unfortunately agreeing with Rooney, he should have been switched with Sterling, and Lampard then in Rooney’s position.
The team of young stars are a benefit to England. Baines and Henderson in particular were two who really drove a new front of defence and support, Welbeck, Jagielka and Lallana should continue to be utilised well. With more training and refinement, they could become stable positions for the squad.
Perhaps they can offer me a position on the management team.
Cahill (centered) with the team, Sturridge, Lallana and Rooney (L-R)
The system may be broken. With managers of clubs being too old and not young enough to drive full connections to the players and the game, is the job of manager and England’s team behind the scenes predominantly for old age men with no other prospects to clutch onto something other than retirement? Such decision could be sapping the lifeforce from the game by not allowing a younger range of influence to really drive home from an old gentleman’s club. This doesn’t mean expelling all the old players for young ones, the players are not the full problem of the system flaws.
Media and public
Are we expecting too much of England before they began? Pure fan lovers of the game will thrust the need to win to establish faith in the game. As with others, hoping for the best actually doesn’t put such pressure on the team. England’s problem is to continue a level of complacency and fail to concentrate when the game is in full swing.
With more focus on adverts and media support than the game itself, the team have placed themselves into a level of ‘see how it goes’ rather than a fuller focus of making the game a success in live action. Is it all about pocketing a big chunk of salary and giving a half-hearted performance? Media makes money for clubs and the advertisers want the big and new names to front their campaigns. There is nothing wrong with good promotion but when it affects the priorities of the high earning stars and its head offices it needs to readdress the love for the game and its fans.
This World Cup for England wasn’t about winning; we are all sure about that. The point was to put in a decent performance and go far whilst recognising and building a new team mixed with old and new stars. This would give a balance of driving a new way forward for England and this needs to be continued. The problem is that England’s passion is simply not there. Whilst they have a quietened love for doing well the love is not passion. When those who have passion develop, they become too wayward with their focus and cannot contain it. England need to think and be tactile. They pass the ball, score a goal and then sit back and rest.
They need to have a closer team bond on the pitch and interconnect with a tighter unity. When Suarez scored his final goal in the Uruguay match, he was on the outside, all alone and had a clear run of the goal line with only Cahill attempting to protect Hart. Decisions like this is clear on England’s positions. It has great defence when it wants to, but when approached with a threat, whilst it has strong action to keep at bay, one always slips through the net. Saddening for fans and damaging for lively supporters, if England hone their skills, they can be much closer to a World Cup entry that we can really be proud of. Younger connections will be needed to mix with what is seen as an old, outdated and disintegrated underline of British football which aims to please fans, but simply rewards the old and unappealing financial games.
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