England wanted to go out of Europe when BREXIT came along but don’t think they would have wanted out of EURO 2016 though. Well, in short, England are out again but do we really need to take it as a surprise with what has been transpiring for the past few major tournaments? How come a country which prides itself as the best league in the world and the richest of all keep failing appallingly again and again? Before the elite start commenting, I come from a country where Cricket is idolized and a failure in that would crumble the houses of the players but can’t say it’s not the same with the English team. Only except the houses are spared but let’s come to the point, the passion of the fans has been the same with only one problem, the Hype that is built after half a season or one full season in the BPL and the pressure added on the players. HYPE – one of the major issues plaguing the English Shores for a while now.
England’s Belief and Hype of their Own Media has Brought their Downfall
Only except the houses are spared but let’s come to the point, the passion of the fans has been the same with only one problem, the Hype that is built after half a season or one full season in the BPL and the pressure added on the players. HYPE – one of the major issues plaguing the English Shores for a while now.
But let’s not put the onus on only that when the selection for this Euros was baffling when Danny Drinkwater and Marc Albrighton were excluded in favor of the traditional big club players when they excelled a full season before the Euros taking Leicester to the title. What was equally confusing was, how the energetic Tottenham and Liverpool players were devoid of any Energy on the pitch to chase down lost balls and were running relentlessly without any aim, that’s not to say the issue was full with Roy. This was the same country which famously shunted Paul Scholes to the wing prompting his early retirement to accommodate Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield, who were at times a Like-a-Like replacement for each other and were actually World Class Midfielders in their own right.
The Euro 2004 squad on paper looks like the strongest English Squad over the past decade when it had a Teenage Wayne Rooney and an In-Form Owen leading the line with arguably the best midfield supporting cast at the back with Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard and Scholes and only to bow out to the penalty shoot-out against Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Over the next few tournaments, England finished strong but you could see the squad was not the same, but one thing which always kept the English team relevant was the hype it was given. This was the board which gave Steve McClaren the job back in 2006 who in case you forgot, got sacked this year with Newcastle.
New battle plans and new blood to be injected, Beckham was removed from the squad and captaincy and Bentley was dubbed as the new Beckham by the media with the Initials ‘DB7’. Only for the same manager to do a U-Turn and recall Beckham for a desperate attempt to qualify for Euros which almost came with his influence on the do or die match against Croatia only to falter in the final minutes. The point in question, The Hype and Media on the young English players when they have just started coming into the scene as future greats are really starting to hurt them. Just a few years back Andy Carroll and Tom Cleverly were hailed as the next best thing and we currently know where that went.
England’s tactics have also not been the greatest either and for a team which failed when it had world class players at its disposal, Should we even be worried that this team has failed with the current crop? Euro 2016 was supposed to be the birth of a new young team but in turn the group stages were rugged and with Iceland in the knockouts which might not have half the population of London, they fell flat against a team appearing in their first major tournament ever and was brushed aside by the same media and pundits as Minnows and pushovers.
The problem lies deep at the grassroots level for England. Unfortunately, the style of play and with the British players failing every time they step out of their shores to other leagues apart from the rare exceptions, don’t expect the English team to rise like Germany or Spain anytime soon and with the Hype created by the media about every possible starlet and the players, unfortunately, believing their own hype on most cases, it doesn’t look like the dark clouds are going off the English skies anytime soon.