We are well underway with the new premier league campaign and it looks like BWFC started well against new promoted QPR however Bolton has had a hard run of games so far with the likes of the dream team Manchester City (who we just lost out to), the newly established Liverpool, the champions Manchester United. Shockingly we also lost a home match against newly promoted Norwich which was likely due to a lack of confidence from the previous matches. Next Bolton will be playing away at Arsenal which will be a match to watch as Arsenal are suffering a misfortune of their own.
So, our beloved England are out of the World Cup already with the worst World Cup defeat ever! You are probably thinking that the title of the Blog Post is wholly referring to the disallowed Lampard goal but it isn’t. At the start of the World Cup Finals, the World Cup is up for grabs by any team who has managed to qualify for the World Cup. This makes it a equal title race to the finals but what happened to England who are said to be one of the best teams in the world?
England went into the World Cup and were drawn up with 3 other teams in their group. 1) USA, 2) Algeria, 3) Slovenia. Each of these teams were some distance below England in the Fifa Rankings so England had gone into the World Cup with the confidence that they will Top their group also the fact that they had good results in their qualifiers added to their confidence. With all this confidence and a world class manager coaching England it just seemed like the perfect combination but it wasn’t to be!
There were many factors that caused this to happen but I will just discuss the main turning points.
So the final score between England and USA was 1 –1 and to be fair I’d say it was a game that could have gone either way. England did have most of the chances but failed to capitalise.
There were a few outstanding players in the England squad: Johnson, Terry, Gerrard, Lampard, Lennon and Rooney. A few who did make a difference but could have done better. Some would say Heskey played very well and I agree however it wasn’t good enough. I still stand by my decision of having Rooney up on his own or a better replacement in the squad such as Kevin Davies of Bolton Wanderers who is more agile and fitter than Heskey and can do everything Heskey does but twice as good!
Robert Green did thumble Dempsey shot where he should have undoubtedly saved it. Some are extremely angry, some feel extremely sorry for him; I personally feel that prevented us from winning the game but he also kept us in the game with a fantastic save. Would I say he should play in England’s next match? Probably not. I personally believe Joe Hart is more of an exciting prospect for England and could possibly be our future No.1 keeper for the next 2 maybe 3 World Cups. He looks a lot more calmer than Green in goal as has pulled off some outstanding saves this season.
With Rio out and Leadley King’s dodgy knee starting to show, we are left with little defensive options. Capello’s decision to take Leadley King could possibly be a mistake – we shall see.
So I guess the question is, what do England require to top the group stages. Two wins with a good goal difference should do it and we are more than capable of doing it. But how?
Now with Gareth Barry getting back to full fitness, it gives Capello more option which also gives Lampard and Gerrard a license to roam. Joe Cole needs to be bought back into the squad as he brings creativity. If you look at the formation image shown below, the left side squad is pretty much Chelsea so they will know how each other play and use that to great effect. This formation should see England through to the Last 16.
Unfortunately, Capello seems pretty reluctant to break the 4-4-2 formation therefore, after substitution, Lennon for Crouch, which puts Gerrard to the right that should be a solid formation too. Nevertheless, I think any squad Capello put up should see the next two matches through.
Anyway, I wish England the best of luck!
Yesterday Fabio Capello, the England coach made the 30 man provisional team choice he had to make for the Pre-World Cup friendlies out of which he will trim that down to a 23 man team who will be the lucky ones to jet off to South Africa. The current 30 man squad are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips
Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.
I believe overall that this is a fantastic choice of players but there are a couple of people who should be included and not-included in my opinion. Obviously Fabio is the man for the job and I really want this year to be the year we win the World Cup, however, I am entitled to my own opinion so I thought I’d make my own squad list but already to put into their formation. I believe England work well with two different formations; 1 with the standard 4-4-2 formation; and the other with the lone striker up front with the midfielder’s with a license to roam.
White = 1st Choice; Yellow = 2nd Choice (or sub); Orange = 3rd choice (or sub)
With this formation, as you can see the midfield is held by Lampard and Gerrard and some would say that is a bad idea however one would have to choose the slightly defensive role. With Lampards current goal scoring form, he should be that further up the field than Gerrard. Terry and Ferdinand are experienced and reliable enough to defend. On the images you can also see some of the players that isn’t on Fabio’s list but the players which I think should be on it.
Rooney has shown many times he is more than capable of playing up front on his own or even Agbonlahor as he is a handful to defend against. With a player like Barry or Carrick looking after midfield, this gives both Lampard and Gerrard more freedom to do what they want and what they are good at. Even with the likes of Beckham in that central defensive midfield position would work as he is a good defender and he can provide that inch perfect pass/lob to the wide men who are all excellent controllers of the ball.
You might agree or disagree with my squad but I personally think this is what is required to score goals and not concede. Joe Hart has been fantastic this season in the Premier League and he should be our No.1 keeper!
Since tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day of the season I thought I might have a crack at how the premier league would finish. I am not a pundit in football or a psychic or anything special but without taking much into consideration apart from my own opinion I’m going to try and predict the scores for every match in tomorrows premier league. If you want to use these results to make bets at the bookies by all means good luck, but if you come complaining to me about your losses, I will just laugh at you.