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Ahmed, location unknown, 14 October 2006, on Steve McClaren:-
I would just
like to say that, Steve McClaren was a completely WRONG choice, for the post as
the England manager. Sven should never of left, the squad was doing really well
with him and now were going to go back down to where we was! He cannot make
good, firm choices, David Beckham should have never been kicked off the squad!
Over the years he has become an legendary footballer, and if anyone was going to
be kicked off, it should be Steve. We need someone who's talented and with a
right frame of mind to do a job as important as this. On the good side of
things, I would like to say that every single player is doing very well, and
that we are proud of them. Everybody is allowed to have slip ups now and again
and I wish the England squad the very best of luck in the future! COME ON
Wybrow, from Southend-on-Sea, 13 October 2006, on England's
defeat in Croatia:-
I would like to
offer my condolences to Gary Neville and Paul Robinson for the freakish own goal
against Croatia. Despite what the media might say, Robbo was not at fault and no
one could have prevented such a random occurrence in such an unlucky week. Bad
luck prevailed this week. Had Steven Gerrard's bar-rattling shot gone against
Macedonia, the Croatia game would not have been so vital and England might have
played with more confidence. Confidence is what I fear is lacking from England
at present. The poor performance in the World Cup is strong in the memories of
Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney and everyone else who feels responsible, and scraping
four points out of six against Macedonia will not help matters. When players
have the ball in midfield, there appears to be a tendency to absolve themselves
of responsibility to create something by kicking the ball long to Rooney and
Crouch, who are not at their best running onto long balls (a skill perhaps best
practiced by Michael Owen). This is not due to a lack of ability, as watching
the premiership clearly shows.
This lack of confidence doesn't seem to affect the English defence too much, as
the back four seem to have been the most consistent players in the team. Where
the lack of confidence affects England is in attack. No one is running at
defenders, taking long shots or getting forward to support the strikers. It
happens, but not nearly enough. No one ever won a game by defending and doing
nothing else. To win, you need to score goals, and one would expect England to
do so, with players like Bent, Gerrard and Johnson banging them in every week in
Obviously the side is going to be below its best with Cole, Owen and Hargreaves
out injured, but the system should still work. We need to have far more shots on
goal, and to do that we need quicker passing and more dribbling. McClaren did a
wonderful thing by putting Gerrard on the right, where he can be the deliverer
of great crosses, leaving Lampard free to do his thing in midfield, and his
other choices have been solid - I feel it is only a matter of time before Defoe
gets another goal - but we need players connecting with each other more in the
final third of the pitch. Too many times are England forced to play back towards
their own goal in difficult matches. Players need to be moving around and
creating space. Perhaps this is why we need to try new strikers. I fear that
Rooney and Crouch are too inexperienced to pull defenders around and create
space. Once again, Owen to the rescue, but we cannot rely on one player too
much. We all know what happens when you do that.
I do feel that the England team tends to become stale and predictable (making it
easy for the opposition) due to a lack of competition for places. Enrico Grimm
has the right idea when he says "The England team needs to adopt the same
attitude as Arsenal ("if you're good enough you'll get in")." No player should
be automatically on the teamsheet (as McLaren said was true for Rooney). Why
pick a player who is out of form? Playing for England is a privilege, not a
location unknown, 12 October 2006, on the unused black players:-
It has become
apparent since a very long time ago that the England football set up is very
political and will not proceed to play the better players regardless of they're
colour i.e Joe Cole, Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Shaun Wright-Phillips and until
lately Aaron Lennon, there seems to be a trend with the England managers
(Sven-Göran Eriksson) seemed at the world cup failed to prepare the England team
physically and mentally and only played his favourites regularly despite clear
bad performances, lack of physical fitness and spatial awareness. This
seems to be the route that McClaren is taking too?!
I am a personal trainer, football coach and have worked alongside a lot of very
influential coaches and managers and played at professional and semi-
It is clear even to me that the world cup was a complete write off from the
start. Beckham only displaying one attribute (deliveries) where as Lennon has
lots he can run at players, commit defences so can Phillips and Routledge if
selected giving McClaren many options of quality young players.
Then Crouch who is tall but clearly can't jump to save his life. It was wishful
thinking to suggest and even entertain that Crouch would have won the aerial
battle against Trinidad and Tobago or any other Team at the world cup and the
only reason he scored a header was because he committed a foul and pulled the
defenders dread other than that he was bullied the whole game and his touches
are very poor even for a big lad haha.
All the time we had Defoe and bent starving knowing they should be out there
instead of Rooney who by all accounts didn't really do any damage but I'm sure
when he is fully fit can produce but when will that be??? I can't see that
occurring any time soon. The two clearly sharpest strikers England had were not
selected and are clearly dejected and I'm sure just on the bench to look good (
All players of colour).
The England team needs to adopt the same attitude as Arsenal ( "If your good
enough you'll get in") Wenger's words himself. If the likes of McClaren and Sven
had the same philosophy then this country would progress and develop into a
better footballing team and a better style of play and system to boot.
These days I find it sad and wasteful to watch England play and genuinely
frustrated at the managers and the fear they have of playing the best team as
opposed to they're favourites (the clique) as it was known in the world cup.
In the world cup it was apparent all the defences liked to defend in two banks
of four getting all eight men behind the ball making it near impossible to
penetrate unless you have the likes of Defoe, Lennon, Phillips, J Cole, D Bent,
Walcott who can create space from nowhere and with electric pace and and
tremendous skill. Only with this in our armoury can we truly succeed at
location unknown, 7 October 2006, on Beckham's omission:-
When for christ sake will the
manager become a real MAN and admit we need Beckham!!!!!!!
location unknown, 4 September 2006, on the Under 17's:-
I'm a Swindon
Town fan who watched England u17 v Portugal. I was not impressed at all by
the standard of both sides, although we won 4-0 it was not good to watch, sorry
it was ok, but I think these lads need to have a look at themselves, this is my
only opinion, but they played as individuals, well a lot of them did anyway.
My other point is why is the bulk of these players from London area and its
Martin Keron, location unknown, 4 September 2006, on our
CG: On the contrary on is it racist. We have not created a 'black player's section' simply to segregate.
It is to highlight the appalling treatment of black players in the game, and as a continuation, to show
how it's improved over time. It is only the bigoted that highlight this as being racist.
Dr. Nathalie van Meurs,
Milton Keynes, 24 August 2006, on a Penalty survey:-
We are a
research team that are looking into penalty shoot-outs and their
alternatives. We looked at your website and wondered whether we could list
the survey somewhere (it’s online) for fans to fill out? This is the
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=909292501068 We look forward to
hearing from you.
location unknown, 19 August 2006, on David Beckham's exclusion from the squad:-
I as a fan of england hope that david beckham will call back by steve.
even though england was beat greece but there have some weak in passing a
long ball. i know people say that becks cant skill but he has an advantages
in give a long ball,free kick and corner. i have reads some resources that
steven gerrard had say becks always give a long ball in world cup. gerrard u
have to thank becks because his passing give u a score. i also see some
picture both of u, how he teach u in england training. other than that,we
have to watch again how beckham do many thing to successed england. i hope
all england player and management have read my statement.
Joseph Mignogna, from
Macedonia, 12 August 2006, on David Beckham's exclusion from the squad:-
I'm disappointed that the new coach of the England National team did not
include David Beckham in the England National team. He's one of the most
skilled player that England currently has and a team leader. The problem
with England is that they lack on midfield play, regarding controlling the
ball.The team is playing to many long passes and missing the midfield
control play. Furthermore he was injured in the world cup, so he was limited
in play. I think you should reconsider regarding Mr. Beckham for the Euro.
CG: Thank you for your comments - and [we] entirely
agree. Beckham is still one of the world class players and I do not believe
England have seen the last of him. The last I heard, Steve McClaren was not
deaf, stupid and blind....
Pane Perunovski, from
Macedonia, 22 July 2006, on Macedonia against England:-
Hey guys. I am a Macedonian and a great fan
England. You cant
imagine how happy I was when I saw
England drawn in the same
Skopje again! Wow! I work in a
hotel and I'd like to help the fans that are coming in September. It's in
3km from the stadium and 1km from the city center. It is very new and still
hard to find in the listings online. And the listed ones are predominately
either old or more expencive or far away. I only regret this one wasnt
bigger... it is only 9 rooms but seeing them full of England fans that day
will be like a miracle to me:)
from Argentina, 7 July 2006, about the website:-
Hi, I'm a football fan
from Argentina, and I have to say that although we are rivals, I've always
admired some of your players, and specially, your shirts. I think your site
is pretty cool, and the information about England's uniforms during all those
years is very valuable.
I always wanted to know about the shirts worn by England during the Spain
World Cup, and finally you got the answer. Those uniforms are unbelievable, I
would like to know if there is any chance to buy a replica of any of them
(home or away).
Unfortunately, I can't reply to everyone regarding this subject, but the
answer is always going to be the same... The Admiral shirts are simply not
available commercially, you may get lucky on ebay, but other than
that...Admiral are basically losing out on a lot of money by not releasing the
license, so please stop asking me....
in response, Gill, from
Liverpool, UK, wrote on the 8 July:-
Hi, this message is for EUGENIO PALOPOLI from Argentina...
I read his forum and noticed on ebay that somebody is selling
an Admiral England shirt from 1982 world cup for £49.00 plus postage.
ENGLAND, YOU'LL DO IT NEXT TIME NOW THAT SVEN HAS GONE.
With Love from a mesmorized Liverpool fan. STEVEN GERRARD IS THE
from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, 6 July 2006, about the beautiful game:-
football takes a back seat to ice hockey, interest in the
World Cup has been astonishingly
high. The same may well be said for the
U.S.A. This genuine
interest would, no doubt, please the autocrats dictating soccer from FIFA HQ
North America is last piece of the
FIFA global domination puzzle.
What might not please them though is the popularly held opinion that soccer is
a farce – a laughing stock - . The so called
Beautiful Game is riddled with
cheats, divers and superannuated pretty boys rolling around in agony at the
slightest contact. Not to mention the behavior of Argentine and Portuguese
players, to cite two examples of poor sportsmanship, serves only to re-enforce
this negative impression of soccer.
North Americans like their
sport to be rough and tumble. They’re educated enough to know that
Association Football is a rough,
physical game. Millions play soccer
here. What they can’t understand, however, is why out and out
cheating is tolerated – even encouraged and celebrated by players, officials
Soccer had a great opportunity
to make gains in
North America this time round. Instead the
World Cup Three Ring Circus will fold its tent in
Berlin on Sunday. Then we can go
back to watching men skating around the ice with nice big sticks mangling each
other and slugging it out without whining. Ice hockey is not a
Beautiful Game but at least its
integrity is in tact.
from England, 5 July 2006, about the website:-
Having just got home from Germany, and been
given the link to your site by a fellow supporter over there, I just
wanted to say what a bloody good site you have put together, and to thank you
as an England fan first, ex footballer second for the hard work that you guys
must have put in.
In an age of hype in the football world, it really is nice to be able to see
the kits, stats, and players that have played for our country over the last
century or so, and information present on your site is as good as there is
Thank you again