England must become a “posh Greece”…

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Fabio Capello’s squad for the friendly against France is a mistake. It’s actually disastrous. It means we no longer have any chance of winning Euro 2012.

It’s not the absence of the squad’s more illustrious names like Rooney, Ashley Cole of Terry. It not the random call ups of Championship players and unproven prospects. It’s the omission of Kevin Davies.

With Kevin Davies England can win Euro 2012.

I don’t just mean in the squad, getting the odd 10 minutes at the end of the game. I mean making Kevin Davies the first name on the team sheet. The tactical centre-piece of the team.

Because it’s time to stop pretending. England aren’t very good. We’ve not been that good for a long time. We’re never going to play football like Spain. We need to dispense with attempts to play attractive football and become the type of team we know deep down we should be.

England must become a ‘posh Greece‘.

Greece won Euro 2004. Unburdened by delusions and ego they got on with executing their plan. England must do likewise. We need to be functional, defensive and crude.
The World Cup showed we don’t have players who string a series of passes together. With ‘posh Greece’ we don’t have to worry about that.

We can forget all that tippy-tap and start hitting some long diagonals. For that we need someone to get on the end of stuff, and hold the ball up. On these shores there is no-one better at that than Kevin Davies.

With Davies up top our midfield will need to deliver the kind of aerial bombardment not seen since the RAF unloaded on Dresden. Then all we need are a couple of willing midfield runners who’ve got the engines to get forward and get on the knock downs.

Players like Cattermole and Barton are cut out for ‘posh Greece‘. We want players who aren’t going to over complicate things. Who when push turns to punch are going to execute the spindly limbed opposition playmaker who’s drifting around in the hole.

There are no doubt some who will be revolted by this prospect. There will be some who say it won’t work, that Greece was a never to be repeated fluke. Well just look how close Holland came to winning the last World Cup.

We have the players to do it. For me the only question is, do we have the will to do it?

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2 Comments on “England must become a “posh Greece”…

  1. We’ve been deluded by the Premier League. Let’s ditch the pretensions of cultured passing football, at which we are quite inept . Let’s get back to basics – become difficult to beat, drag games into ugly wars of attrition, make us a fearsome side to come up against and play percentage football.

    England are perfectly staffed to become Posh Greece. Our uncompromising back four should not contain anyone willing to ‘step out’ with the ball, just players willing to leverage every ounce of physicality and the dark arts to prevent the opposition from playing any football in our defensive third – or wanting to play any. Pick from Cahill, Shawcross and Jagielka at centre back, and Bardsley, Neville (Phil), and Warnock as full-backs.

    Next up, midfield. Here we have an embarrassment of riches. We need at least one genuine wide player who can ping in a percentage diagonal ball (see strikers section). Pick from Downing and Johnson, possibly even Gerrard if he can persuaded to go back to the days when he put his foot in anywhere and completely cut out any notion of short passing. The remaining three positions in the middle of the park are covered by functional technique and ruthless aggression. Pick from Cattermole (probably captain), Barton, Nolan, Karl Henry and Scott Parker. Spain don’t want to play in amongst those guys. Not even once.

    The cherry on the cake though, is in the attacking third. Here we have players who centre-backs will hate to play against. Their fear will not be based on being outclassed, but on how hurt they are going to get. Leading the line, all elbows and shoulders is Kevin Davies. When the ball is launched to him, the midfield bomb on looking for the knock down. No centre-back wants to be up against Davies. After all, who wants to look like Steve Bruce? The foil to a ‘big man’ up top is usually a ‘skill merchant’. Not in Posh Greece. Davies will be supported by a selection of second strikers with similarly robust abilities – Carroll is first choice, with Heskey and Crouch as understudies. In the event of an injury crisis, Rooney might fit the bill on aggression.

    I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘who’s in goal?’. Easy. Anyone competent but also able to launch a decent long ball to the big men. Which turns out to be Joe Hart.

    This is a bruising, titanic, battering ram of a team. Tongue in cheek perhaps. But consider this – would the current England team fancy playing this lot? And who would win?

  2. We’ve been deluded by the Premier League. Let’s ditch the pretensions of cultured passing football, at which we are quite inept . Let’s get back to basics – become difficult to beat, drag games into ugly wars of attrition, make us a fearsome side to come up against and play percentage football.

    England are perfectly staffed to become Posh Greece. Our uncompromising back four should not contain anyone willing to ‘step out’ with the ball, just players willing to leverage every ounce of physicality and the dark arts to prevent the opposition from playing any football in our defensive third – or wanting to play any. Pick from Cahill, Shawcross and Jagielka at centre back, and Bardsley, Neville (Phil), and Warnock as full-backs.

    Next up, midfield. Here we have an embarrassment of riches. We need at least one genuine wide player who can ping in a percentage diagonal ball (see strikers section). Pick from Downing and Johnson, possibly even Gerrard if he can persuaded to go back to the days when he put his foot in anywhere and completely cut out any notion of short passing. The remaining three positions in the middle of the park are covered by functional technique and ruthless aggression. Pick from Cattermole (probably captain), Barton, Nolan, Karl Henry and Scott Parker. Spain don’t want to play in amongst those guys. Not even once.

    The cherry on the cake though, is in the attacking third. Here we have players who centre-backs will hate to play against. Their fear will not be based on being outclassed, but on how hurt they are going to get. Leading the line, all elbows and shoulders is Kevin Davies. When the ball is launched to him, the midfield bomb on looking for the knock down. No centre-back wants to be up against Davies. After all, who wants to look like Steve Bruce? The foil to a ‘big man’ up top is usually a ‘skill merchant’. Not in Posh Greece. Davies will be supported by a selection of second strikers with similarly robust abilities – Carroll is first choice, with Heskey and Crouch as understudies. In the event of an injury crisis, Rooney might fit the bill on aggression.

    I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘who’s in goal?’. Easy. Anyone competent but also able to launch a decent long ball to the big men. Which turns out to be Joe Hart.

    This is a bruising, titanic, battering ram of a team. Tongue in cheek perhaps. But consider this – would the current England team fancy playing this lot? And who would win?

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