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Monday, May 08, 2006

Surpise Surprise

I was just talking about how I can't be arsed at work seeing as I'm leaving soon. Is Sven-Goran Eriksson doing the same thing ? Did he get up to about 20 and think, ah what difference, Jenas Hargreaves and Walcott that'll do.

When the day comes it's usually the first XI that matters, not seat numbers 21-23 on the plane. Having said that Mills and Sinclair ended up playing most of the games in 2002, and doing reasonably well I thought. However, the fact that England's striking options are currently Rooney (definitely crocked), Owen (quite possibly crocked), Crouch (Bambi On Ice) and Walcott (last seen missing a sitter at Loftus Road in February) does cause an eyebrow to be raised. If not two.

Reading between the lines Eriksson must think, not unreasonably, that the likes of Defoe and Bent just aren't good enough so what's the point in taking them. Although the same logic does not seem to have been applied to Jenas and Hargreaves. Could it be that Sven is planning to play Gerrard as a second striker ? If so I might understand it. If not, God only knows what's going to happen. My advice about just cracking a beer, having a laugh and seeing what happens rings more true than ever.


  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger The Camel said…

    Without Rooney England have virtually no chance of winning the World Cup.

    With Heskey, Bent, Johnson or Sheringham they would have no chance.

    Maybe Walcott is over hyped. But, hats' off to Sven for at least trying something different.

    They is a chance he could be something special. We already know the others he could have picked aren't something special.

  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger Andy_Ward said…

    That's true enough. And I think Lennon and Downing are good picks for similar reasons. But I can't figure why take only 4 strikers, one of whom is totally crocked and another completely untried.

    Did he really need Jenas AND Hargreaves ?


  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger uncle monty said…

    As was pointed out to me yesterday, Hargreaves is a very good holding player. Since coming back from injury he has been mightily impressive for Bayern and will be back-up to Carrick in that role. Too many Enhlishmen are misinformed as they do not watch Bundesliga football.

    I think we'll almost certainly be playing one striker now, (Owen hopefully), and with the holding player in midfield this will give Gerrard and Lampard licence to get forward. The overall balance in midfield will give the team more stability.

    As far as Walcott goes - the lad is clearly the future, so taking him makes sense, given that he probably won't play but will get a World Cup under his belt to stand him in good stead for 2010.

  • At 9:40 AM, Blogger Andy_Ward said…

    That's fair comment too. If he's going to play one up front it makes reasonable sense.


  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Complete madness to bring a player he's never seen play who's never actually played a top-class game (sorry saints). It's surreal. All chances blown with the absence of the fat one anyway. From the other side of the Irish sea, commiserations on all this. And stop trying to convince yourselves that he's right about Walcott...


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