Capello and England: Lions For Lambs...

Muazzin MehrbanCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Ashley Cole of Chelsea walks past England manager Fabio Capello as he collects his medal after defeat in the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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So the mob has now fully descended on Capello having somewhat forgiven his players on the back of a regulation win over a regulation Hungary. There was certainly no sign of Puskas' heir in the opposition. Too old, too negative, too stubborn? the possibilities of exit are endless for Fabio it seems.

Worse still, those that have accepted he will oversee the Euro 2012 campaign, have only adopted so on the premise that he won't be sacked, so they simply have to put up with him no matter how loudly they rant...Put up with him? A manager who has collected major honours across Europe's powerhouses is now dismissed as some miserly scrooge whose clogging off will come as a relief.

Truthfully though, blaming world class managers and top level players, both of which England admittedly has, are both ways of covering up that England are incapable of playing a winning brand of football. Whats more, save Greece in 2004, when has a side won major international honours, whether defensive or attacking, without keeping possession.

For all an opponents' riches, they cannot hurt you, if they cannot have the ball. Unfortunately for England, opponents have become adept at keeping the ball far away, while England are at times almost willing to give it back.

Mr Capello it appears is finally set to free himself from the shackles of safe selection. The likes of Wright Phillips, Barry and Lampard could all see their summer schedules become much more flexible over the coming two years. Step forward Messrs Wilshere, Rodwell and Carroll one would expect, yet all have been called up for the latest under-21 squad. Even so, are any of these players of the type of quality needed to match the Spains and Germanys of this world?

Are they not perhaps another Milner, Gerrard and Shearer in the making, which is by no means a bad thing, though maybe slightly off balance when we really need a Xavi, Ozil and Villa.Scholes is still a wonderful player but in two years time, how much ground, should he wish to, can he be expected to cover.

In 2004, Sven decided, that given the riches of his golden generation, England could afford to play Scholes on the left of midfield. Back then, no one batted an eyelid. However, should Fabio select him and decide on a similar strategy, there would be an outcry. At least we as fans, seem to have a better understanding of what a winning England should look like, and more so, how it should play.

as for 2012?


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