What a loap of crap. I have just heard Gerrard say that it was unfortunate and the 2nd half was a big improvement, he is the kind of prick that we don't need anymore. As for McClaren who spent the whole game sheltered under an umbrella, while his opposite number passionately patrolled the touchline, well he has failed us miserably and needs to be replaced. By whom I don't know and don't necessarily care. If he was a club manager, his position would be untenable.
Nonetheless my real grievance is with the players tonight. How many of those that wore the English shirt gave a shit? The bench, Beckham aside looked non-plussed. How much does John Terry really care about playing for England? And Gerrard, the captain, cares more about the next Champions League match than having the annoyance of playing football next summer.
The players are are so removed from the football fans in the country, what each of us will go through next June will not bother the majority of these overpaid prima-donna's one bit. The pandering to the few 'decent' players in our country and the complete dominance of 4 sides, who primarily look abroad for young players is killing the competitiveness and the attachment to the national team.
The only upside of our desperate failure is the hope of change but as I said yesterday I have no confidence in the people that laughingly run our game to implement it. When Prince William goes to an England rugby international, he is sat up in the stands, at an England football game, he is sat next to Brian Barwick. What the hell has happened to our game?
Croatia beat us twice, and deservedly so. We are not good enough plain and simple. A precocious coach would have changed it after 15 minutes. The defence was appalling. Crouch, who was only player to start to come out of the game with any credit cannot get in the Liverpool first team. Substitutes Defoe and Bent are 3rd and 4th choice strikers at a club near the bottom of the Premiership.
We need to start again, I actually feel for players like Beckham and Owen because they appear to actually care and were both inculpable. Personally I would like to see Beckham get his 100th cap but otherwise lets get the big broom out and start again.
Finally how much did we feel for Scott Carson? I said this morning
that it surprised me that McClaren chose today to drop Robinson, overlook James and play Carson. When people in the pub sarcastically whooped and cheered when he controlled a back pass late in the first half my heart went out to our current player of the year. I hope he is strong enough to move on from this evening's complete disaster.
I hope we all are and have real heroes to cheer in the future.