England crash out of a major tournament again. The repetition is becoming rather dull, the reality much more distressing. There’s a lot going on on the messageboards at the moment and you can talk about it here.
What have we just witnessed? The car crash that Premier League football has brought to the national game, that’s what. It’s been summarised better elsewhere, but in a nutshell we’ve got a bunch of overpaid prima donnas, playing for clubs that are too wealthy, in a country that has a billion pound national stadium but no youth programme or facilities, overseen by a press that overhypes and sensationalises everything in a quest for readers rather than truth.
Will Capello hang around? Can the FA afford to get rid, even if they wanted to? Pity the next manager, if one can be found to take up that particular poisoned chalice, as the weight of expectation will crush any life out of the reality that is English football. The manager can only play with what he has available. With a team with no apparent depth, little world class skill, no youth programme comparable to other nations and especially, no future, what can he do. If this is the golden generation, then all the gold is in their bank vaults. It’s one thing to earn millions playing for a club stuffed full of international stars, but another to wear your heart on your sleeve and play for your country.
For this England team, this manager, this set-up and this authority (FA and EPL), it’s clear that they’ve been weighed, measured and found wanting on every level.