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Saturday, June 17, 2006

More Tottenham, Less Wimbledon

Watching Argentina's midfield passing it around yesterday and making Serbia and Montenegro look embarrassingly poor, I found myself thinking 'why the xxxx don't England do that ?'

It's not like Argentina's midfield players are that much superior in technique and talent to England's first choice of Joe Cole, Beckham, Lampard and Gerrard. That is an impressive line up, plus England have some quality back up in Lennon and Carrick (not Hargreaves, don't be daft).

The problem is that while Argentina keep the ball and pass it between players, England ping it 40 yards upfield in the vague direction of Peter Crouch and rarely play through midfield.

This is a technique that worked well for Wimbledon all those years ago when Fash The Bash was playing upfront and Wimbledon's midfield included such cultured footballers as Vinny Jones. However, England have quality in midfield and can afford to play more like Tottenham - keeping the ball and passing it around to build up an attack.

Hell, they have three-quarters of Spurs first choice midfield sitting on the bench - maybe they could teach the bigger names in the England squad about passing possession football. Who knows - we might even look a half decent team if we tried it.
Digg!

posted by mark_s at 2:14 PM

5 Comments:

Blogger P said...

>>The problem is that while Argentina keep the ball and pass it between players, England ping it 40 yards upfield in the vague direction of Peter Crouch and rarely play through midfield.<<

Bingo! Its the most annoying way of playing football. Plus you remove the best player in your team entirely (Gerrard). England can improve but I dont think they will. Somehow, Hiddink with this team would have done wonders.

And I dont understand what is with the total lack of pace. They have a brilliant defense (one of the top 3 in the world) and yet people like Beckham, Lampard seem to wander around the pitch aimlessly. It took Rooney to get the tempo going. Big improvements needed.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Zi Rong said...

Hi! Do you have anymore match betting tips?
Your previous Germany-Poland and Sweden-Paraguay tips were spot on!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Dr@ma Div@ said...

I just won a bet between spain and `tunisia.... Go Spain GO!!

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