England’s embarrassing 2014 World Cup campaign saw them eliminated after only 2 games for the first time in their prestigious history.
There were only four other nations eliminated after so few games at this summer’s tournament – Cameroon, Australia, Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Manager Roy Hodgson has hardly covered himself in glory over the past couple of weeks – not knowing his strongest starting line-up by playing Wayne Rooney in two different positions, neither his strongest.
The decision to select Leighton Baines over Ashley Cole could arguably be the difference between qualification and failure with the Everton full-back largely at fault for Italy’s winner in the opening game.
There is most certainly a lack of talent in the country right now. You only need to look at the back four and the back up options to identify that. Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka or Leighton Baines would not get in the squad, let-alone the starting lineup of any of the countries that will go on to seriously contend for the World Cup.
Two goals in three games was hideous, matched by creating so few good chances over 270 minutes.
Tactics had a bit part to play – Hodson failed to recreate what Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson do for Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge only had one chance in the opening two games. Admittedly he did misfire against Costa Rica later on.
The protection of our full-backs was poor and the defending in general was hideous. Arguably the worst of all 32 nations in the World Cup given how few chances our midfield allowed the opposition.
I don’t believe this Uruguay squad is particularly great. The Italians are struggling in the conditions. Credit to Costa Rica for what they have achieved, but a better England coach would have got this side out of the group I have no doubt about that.
The FA backing a manager who embarrassed his country at the World Cup is a joke. Granted, there are seemingly few options out there.
Harry Redknapp is the 6/1 favourite with the bookmakers. Having struggled with a multi-million Queens Park Rangers side last season and blowing UEFA Champions League qualification in his final season at Tottenham after a big lead ahead of Arsenal, mixed with his not-so-strong tactics, I wouldn’t take him on.
Why José Mourinho is second favourite at 8/1 I have no idea. The Chelsea manager would not touch the job even if the FA offered to treble his current wages.
Gary Neville is an interesting one. I suspect many fans’ popular choice. He comes across very intelligent on Sky but it is worth noting he was part of both the failed Euro 2012 and disastrous 2014 World Cup campaigns. Myself, if I was in the FA’s shoes would be to interview him and see if he impresses.
Generally, there really isn’t much around. It’s embarrassing enough seeing the names of Alan Pardew, Stuart Pearce and David Moyes all make the bookmakers’ top 10.
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