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England are the new Middlesbrough

City news is a bit thin on the ground this week thanks to the international break, so I'm making a brief diversion to the national team, as I can't contain myself after yesterday's dull and lacklustre showing.

Why is it that England just don't seem to be able to play properly at any international level?

Yesterday, once again, the players didn't really seem interested and motivated to do a professional job on a team that are a footballing minnow. Having said that to be fair to Macedonia, they looked the better team and unlike England were up for a fight. We always look so uncomfotable and awkward on the ball and yesterday quite frankly, the Macedionian players just looked more skillful and naturally comfortable and confident.

Why do England, irrespective of who the manager has been recently, always look so pedestrian and utterly predictable?

The players just seem to be going through the motions and stick rigidly to moves they might have rehearsed in training even though they are not appropriate for the situation. It's like playing from an old textbook that everyone, including the opposition, is totally familiar with and know exactly what is coming.

Where's the passion gone theses days? Why can't our 'top' players play from the heart and show some imagination and guile instead of moves that stutter and run out of steam and ideas after a few hopeful passes?

Quite simply, what we were inflicted with yesterday is unacceptable from an England international team packed full of complacent millionaires - perhaps that is the root of the problem.

The FA haven't exactly covered themselves in glory this week from a Man City point of view after the Barton charge fiasco, but why when they had a chance of appointing virtually any manager they wanted after the disastrous Eriksson left with a huge pension, did they appoint McClaren, whose record at 'Boro is less than uninspiring, as is the type of football played at the Riverside.

Most of the 'Boro supporters I know couldn't believe their luck when McClaren left as they were fed up with the dire and mediocre quality of the football - we're now seeing an extension of this at international level.

After what we witnessed yesterday, England have become the new 'Boro.

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Date:Sunday October 8 2006

Time: 11:36AM

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I think personally england are worse than boror !! , everything you point out is right , they are too rigid and trying to play Lampard and Gerrard in the same team will never work IMO !! Lampard should be dropped as should downing and Gareth Barry and Wright Phillips should be given a chance , other than that , welcome Beckham back maybe ??
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08/10/2006 11:50:00

hopefully wright phillips will start on wednesday, we looked a little bit brighter when he came on.
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08/10/2006 13:05:00

The problem is wider than whether one player starts or not. Many of the England squad just don't have the motivation to give it their all. Some of the squad members are just not international class in my opinion; the likes of Jenas, Phil Neville, Downing, Lampard. It's a sad state of affairs when Peter Crouch is England's top striker. Fair do's to the lad as he's got a few goals recently, but we're never doing to go far with the quality we've got in the squad at the moment and that includes the management.
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08/10/2006 13:33:00

i here u are after mkdons stricker izale mcleod for around 1.5 million please buy him cause he is ***** yeah he scores goals but the amount of chance he miss is terrible and the chances he misses a 5 year old could score please buy him MARTIN ALLENS MK ARMY
the rodge
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08/10/2006 17:16:00

I 100% agree with you, it is very poor and it came to my mind that he has brought the negative football to England.
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08/10/2006 18:02:00

We need Lennon back and perhaps Becks, surely he will play his heart out now he has been dropped for a few, Carrick did OK, Lampard yet again was woeful. Thought Defoe did well for half an hour he was on but Crouch should have done better.
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08/10/2006 18:14:00

The trouble is all the so called experts have been saying we have one of the best squads in the world which is totally untrue. What we have is a bunch of players who play at 100 mph in the Premiership but lack the true skill and guile of the rest of the world. When it comes to playing at international level we just can't hack it.
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08/10/2006 21:39:00

We were crap going forward, crap defending and we didn't have no width whatsoever. Buck yer ideas up England. Or you won't qualify.
wei, wu and shu
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09/10/2006 16:59:00

not quite, Boro went 2 or 3 down last year and endined up scoring 4!! Not our England team them!!! Muppets!!
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17/10/2006 11:18:00


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