As Long As You (Occasionally) Play For Manchester United And Are English, You Will Be Selected For The National Team

Posted: October 4, 2016 in Arsenal, Chelsea, England, Football, International Football, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion
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It just shows what a sorry state the England national team is in. Sam Allardyce parts company with them for a mistake which was, basically, getting himself involved in a sting operation by a newspaper designed to prove that Allardyce is, after all, as human as most other people.

It was not a mistake over which he should have lost his job which will be proved in future when he is given another job. There’s hypocrisy for you! One man’s meat is another man’s poison and all that.

He is replaced, in the interim, by Gareth Southgate who recently refused to do the exact same job citing that he wasn’t ready.

So an unprepared Gareth Southgate has picked his first, and possibly last, England squad and, in so doing, has demonstrated the complete lack of international quality players available to this country.

It seems that, as long as you play for Manchester United, even if only occasionally, then you are good enough for England.

Wayne Rooney, who isn’t good enough to get into an average United team, is still first on the teamsheet and remains as captain. Chris Smalling, a clumsy accident waiting to happen, also seems to be a regular pick. Jesse Lingard, whose recent, sporadic performances for United have been abject, is included because Gareth “knows him from the England youth team”.

Only Marcus Rashford has been selected on any kind of merit whatsoever.

And what of poor old Ashley Young, who doesn’t play and is useless, attributes which should immediately qualify him as an England regular? He has been completely overlooked. It must have been a clerical error!

Joe Hart is included despite not being up to the standard required at Manchester City. Daniel Sturridge, who can’t get into the Liverpool team, is also on the list. Glen Johnson, who thought he had sneaked off into semi-retirement in sleepy Stoke is also called up.

As the experts would say, “it is a good blend of youth and experience.” Truthfully, it seems to be a hastily cobbled together mixture of inexperienced kids and older players bordering on past-it!

Southgate comes across as a person who cares passionately about England so it is a shame there are not better players available to him.

The next debate among the ex-pro’s now being paid a fortune for their unwelcome opinion will be the ubiquitous “too many foreigners in England, no English kids coming through.” This argument is rolled out every time there is a boredom break, sorry, that should read international break.

If it is true then why haven’t England won anything since 1966, or have there been too many foreign players in England since then?

The fact is that the excuse changes every few years. In 1970 it was the Bobby Moore bracelet and Montezumah’s revenge preventing the team defending their World Cup crown. In 1986 it was “the hand of God”, which bore a remarkable resemblance to the hand of Diego Maradona, stopping England reaching the final. In 1998, David Beckham was sent off, thus ending any hopes England may have had of winning the trophy.

The truth almost slipped out in 2014 when an unnamed pundit had the audacity to point out that, actually, England weren’t good enough. He was removed immediately from his job as an expert having proved by his comment, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he was completely insane.

The fact of the matter is that England won the World Cup in 1966 because they had a decent team which played every game at Wembley. Had that World Cup not been held in England there is no way England would have won it.

For the 50 years that have passed since that famous day, the England team has been nowhere near good enough to get to the final, never mind win it, and that goes for the European Championships as well, a tournament with notable winners in the past such as footballing giants Denmark, Greece and Portugal, massive countries with enormous populations who don’t go around moaning about the number of foreigners, or the unfairness of it all. They just carry on regardless and, occasionally, win a trophy, which is more than can be said for England.

So no more excuses please, just get on with the job of producing young English players. They are out there, they just need finding, coaching and selecting.

Here’s the full England squad in case you have just returned from a trip to Mars and haven’t seen it yet:

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Stoke City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

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