International week really is the bane of my season. Just when the season is up and running and the excitement of players in and out has subsided after the close of the transfer window, we are forced to endure the ‘golden generation’, or what’s left of them make a rubbish nation look average, and qualify for a tournament that we will know will be a massive anti climax for England. Let’s face it should any other home nations qualify which is doubtful, then surely that will be the height of their aspirations.
I’m old enough now to have seen enough great players and great squads exposed by other nations as shambolic. I was gutted in 1986, couldn’t understand how bad we were in ’88. Cried as we succumbed to West Germany in 1990 and even more so in ’96 where after destroying Holland I thought we were nailed on to win it. Owen gave me hope till a United player got himself sent off. It seems that as I get older, my dislike of the national squad increases exponentially. I have to confess that I did not watch the Bulgaria game. I was out and about but I was not at all bothered, just which Liverpool players played and did any pick up injuries (Adam?)
I really find it hard to cheer on players to which I have little or no respect for, the Rooney’s, Ashley Coles and the like. Capello himself had a modicum of my respect until he remade John Terry captain. Quite clearly the message is that the players can do pretty much whatever they like and get away with it. Now we all know Stevie G got himself in a spot of bother not so long ago and still finds himself in and around the captaincy, (although I am biased of course, he was tried and acquitted so that’s good enough for me). although I am a little confused as to what Rio Ferdinand’s role is should the Manker ever get himself fit (hopefully fit enough to be torn to bits by Suarez!), but have we not forgotten the misdemeanour that saw the great Rio suspended for a period?
The injury list sustained by Liverpool players in the first round of games seems ok, Henderson was sent home and Adam has a knock but not sure how serious. Bellamy may well be allowed back to train after picking up a suspension, but his presence alone may be required for his younger team mates. With another round to go, at least we have an extra day now for some of our players to recover before the physical test of Stoke away at the weekend. Heavy legs and tired minds should be fewer this season with no European football, but it is still a worry.
So, does anyone else feel like this way, am I on my own here? Let me ask you this question: if you had a choice, would you take European championship glory with England, Wayne Rooney as your kids’ hero?, or a sustained period of dominance for Liverpool where we retook the league wins record on our own from Man Utd and became a force in Europe once again?
I know what I would choose.
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