(pick the option you think is MOST responsible)
Poor Management / Tactics
McClaren was not first choice in first place and his management was poor. Lets drop Beckham our best player in world cup. What a nutter. And he goes hes the reason why Beckham came back with a bang. Negative tactics does not work at international level. May have worked at Boro sit back etc but these players are top class players... Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool they do not usually sit back and play negative from back.
No authority from McClaren
England cannot play together. Just keeps on proving this point with the more matches played. World class professionals, but cannot play the tactics.
Arrogant. Walk in the park against lower teams. Wrong never ever do that. No managerial authority over them.
The English style of play
Dull, not creative, negative sit back want me to carry on?
Poor development of technical skills
Just shows big players out, backup cant fill in do not have technical ability.
Overall poor management led to all causes
A quote from myself in the England v Croatia thread - at the very start
I found it very ironic watching Inside Sport last night as the panelists came to the conclusion that the England fans/media didn't give the opposion enough respect...yet every one of them were talking about "when we're playing in Euro 2008 next summer" or "when we qualify on Wednesday night."
In my opinion, England have always been an arrogant football team who think they are better than they are and underestimate every team they play against. This is primarily the media's fault/view but a lot of the fans are guilty aswell and it seems as though it is now rubbing off on the players in recent years.
They are the ones who go out onto the pitch and play. They are the ones who determine the results and they are the ones who should shoulder most of the blame in my opinion. Tomorrows papers, the fans and every other media source will blame McLaren though and once a new manager is in they think everything will be fine - but it won't be unless everyone associated with England's football team - ie. players, manager, media and fans - start showing the opposition the respect they deserve.
England expect - but they expect too much and they expect it to come without any effort. In the Macedonia game they just presumed they would score against inferior oppostion and never really bust a gut to get the goals. That is just one example from many in the recent past but hopefully England will have been humbled by this campaign and it can have a good effect in the long term.
If they show a better attitude in the future then all these tournaments that they "should" have been winning all along will finally start to arrive if they change their attitude.
When does Gerrard play in a 5 man midfield? - Never
When does Lampard play in a 5 man midfield? - Never
When does Barry sit in a holding role covering 2 midfielders? - Never
When does Crouch play up front on his own? - Rarely
When is it a good idea to give a 22 yr old keeper his competitive debut in the highest pressure match for 2 years? - never
You're asking half the team to do something & play in the way they never do. No wonder Croatia had oodles of time on the ball!
Pick your system first then fit the players in not as McLaren & Erikson did & choose your best players & cram them into whatever system will accommodate them
The 2 best performances were Israel & Russia where every single player played in the position they play week in week out. They weren't the best 11 players in England but they were a team
Get knocked out by Brazil who went on to win the world cup
Get knocked out by Portugal after our best player was injured and we lost all rhythm and outbreak
Get knocked out by Portugal with 10 men
Were both Portugal games on the lottery of penalties which England have struggled with all their life.
Never get rid of Eriksson
i have never been a mclaren fan, and it is obvious he was not the best man to be appointed (was he THAT poor a coach though??) but by then the english media scrutiny had scared off the best candidate available at the time anyway. even so, this aint all his fault. he is gonna get it for a long time after this shambles, but it aint ALL his fault by a long chalk and the sooner people realise this the better. what i fear is that mclaren is going to be the scapegoat, but he is just the tip of the iceberg. the f.a. (appropritate given that is exactly how much balls and nous they have between them - as in sweet) should be all booted and replaced by experienced football men for a start. sure, boot mclaren, but those who appointed him should be packing their bags aswell. 4 years to the next tournament now should be spent getting the u21's primed for the big stage and build a formidable squad without relying on the beckhams and lampards and gerrards to bail us out time and again. the last thing, sure englans were poor in the first half tonight and shipped two sloppy goals (without 3 of the first choice defenders, and a rookie keeper who had to step in as robinson has seemingly cracked under the above mentioned pressure) but the second half performance was full of character coming back to 2-2. well, the third croatia goal was probably a message of fate or whatever giving all those with the knives out exactly what they deserve, a full blown pyrrhic victory. hope they are enjoying it.
Was apprehensive tonight when I saw 4-5-1, negative teams seem to inevitably to do badly. Bringing in Carson wasnt the worst decision he made, in retrospect it's easy to say he should have picked Robinson, give him credit there, at least it showed some balls, even if it was the wrong decision.
Complacency is probably the keyword which you can apply to most people in and around the team - when you're getting paid 50k+ per week (ie a 100/1 shot @ £500 for us!), it's hard to not take things for granted, but these guys are representing their country. There seemed to be very little drive and pride on the pitch tonight, I'm sorry to say that Frank Lampard probably epitomises this.
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