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Will The Pub Team Win On Wednesday

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Will the pub team that we've sent to the world cup actually turn in a performance on Wednesday or will we disintegrate like the French are doing?

To be fair seeing the entire French team spit there dummy and refuse to train is hilarious.

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It will be interesting to see if Cappello lives up to his reputation of being extremely stubborn.

Whilst there are a number of changes and formations he could chose - if he doesn't make some key changes he will be pretty much the only person on the planet that thinks leaving things alone is a good idea if England intend on winning.

Personally I would:

Forget about SWP, send him home, save some money on food and hotels, he isn't anywhere near good enough.

Only consider Crouch and Lennon as a last resort (due to injury).

Keep Heskey on the bench and play him if the game requires it.

Replace Carragher with Dawson.

Start with Joe Cole and Defoe, replace Cole with Milner if he has yet another shocker.

Give Gerrard a free role to attack.

Lennon and SWP should not, in my opinion, even be there. Ashley Young would have been a better choice as he can take players on AND CROSS THE ******ING BALL IN TO THE BOX. I'm a Villa fan, so I particularly like Young, but there are a few others you could take instead (Adam Johnson).

Cappello came in stating that he wasn't going to just revert to England manager type and choose players from a limited, favoured, clique - he said he would take risks with young, new, up and coming players, new strategies, a new culture, a new playing style. At the moment, is doing the opposite.

Anyone who is getting £6m a year gets paid because he has the balls to take risks.

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The English team are holding a crisis meeting this evening - seems they are already melting.

This is a good thing IMO, as there is obviously some kind if problem within the camp. If the players feel that the manager is wrong with some decisions be it tactics, formation etc they should speak up and be open and honest. Manager can't do it all. Players have to take some responsibility sometimes and tell it how it is.

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This is a good thing IMO, as there is obviously some kind if problem within the camp. If the players feel that the manager is wrong with some decisions be it tactics, formation etc they should speak up and be open and honest. Manager can't do it all. Players have to take some responsibility sometimes and tell it how it is.

What an optimist you are:

Capello gags group of nine who threaten revolt

Fabio Capello stunned England’s reeling players by gagging them at what was supposed to be a clear-the-air meeting.

He had been expected to allow his squad to have their say over Friday’s dismal performance against Algeria, which left a group of nine seeking widespread changes.

But instead the England coach told players they could not voice their opinions on what was wrong. “Everyone had gone to the meeting expecting to be able to have a frank chat about what could be done to put things right,” said a source close to the team.

“But Fabio made it plain straight away that was not going to happen. He stood up at the front of the room and made it clear to the players he would not tolerate any debate.

“He just stood there and said ‘nobody speak, nobody speak’. He told the players they would be watching the first half of the Algeria game then going for dinner and that was it.”

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/World-Cup-2010-England-boss-Fabio-Capello-gets-tough-after-England-players-including-Wayne-Rooney-John-Terry-and-Steven-Gerrard-threaten-revolt-article481947.html

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After Italy's 1-1 draw with NZ today, you can't help wondering whether his National instincts are stronger than his contractual obligations. In other words, why the hell have England got an Italian coach for a National competition. Conflict of interest, anyone???

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You should have made this a score prediction thread irro.

Incidentally:

Slovenia 2 - England 0

How much of the recent world cup results reflect the dominance of the Italian philosophy in the game? The current obsession worldwide with appointing Italian managers now sees a glut of club and international sides espousing a philosophy that is based on preventing the opposition from scoring at all costs. Hence, Capello's fearful approach leading to a defence minded game with only the long ball punt to the big lad up front as the only attacking option. Sad to see England reduced to this. Italy themselves weren't much better against NZ. Trappatoni certainly steadied the Irish ship when he took over but his inate conservatism (cheating Thierry Henry apart) had a huge role in Ireland not qualifying. From a HPC philosophy perhaps this can be traced to middle class hubris and the fetishising of all things continental during the credit bubble; i.e. anything with a Gucci or similarly ponsified label has to be far superior to anything homegrown, sport included, for the TuscanyShire set. Can anyone honestly say in recent years that they found the Italian league as remotely interesting as the Premiership or Championship?. Look at how stulifying the brand of football espoused by the Italian mInded Mourinho was when Inter played Barca..sucessful perhaps but hardly thrilling. Incidentally, watched the two England games in rural pubs on the outskirts of Dublin. Was quite surprised to see how much support there was for England. The Irish having a good old chuckle at the French receiving their well deserved dose of karma ....

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has anyone worked out the carbon footprint of the world cup yet ?

all the fans, jets to africa and building projects for a game of bladder kicking. it must be a huge about of carbon produced.

well, id better lower my thermostat and walk 5 miles a week more, as every tiny bit helps 'the planet'

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How much of the recent world cup results reflect the dominance of the Italian philosophy in the game? The current obsession worldwide with appointing Italian managers now sees a glut of club and international sides espousing a philosophy that is based on preventing the opposition from scoring at all costs. Hence, Capello's fearful approach leading to a defence minded game with only the long ball punt to the big lad up front as the only attacking option. Sad to see England reduced to this. Italy themselves weren't much better against NZ. Trappatoni certainly steadied the Irish ship when he took over but his inate conservatism (cheating Thierry Henry apart) had a huge role in Ireland not qualifying. From a HPC philosophy perhaps this can be traced to middle class hubris and the fetishising of all things continental during the credit bubble; i.e. anything with a Gucci or similarly ponsified label has to be far superior to anything homegrown, sport included, for the TuscanyShire set. Can anyone honestly say in recent years that they found the Italian league as remotely interesting as the Premiership or Championship?. Look at how stulifying the brand of football espoused by the Italian mInded Mourinho was when Inter played Barca..sucessful perhaps but hardly thrilling. Incidentally, watched the two England games in rural pubs on the outskirts of Dublin. Was quite surprised to see how much support there was for England. The Irish having a good old chuckle at the French receiving their well deserved dose of karma ....

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