England must become a “posh Greece”…
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?