Monday, 28 March 2011

Yet Another England Captain??!!

 What the hell is going on at the F.A......sweet F.A I can tell ya!
How they can let this debacle carry on this far as regards to the Captaining on the nation team is disgusting and disrespectful to everyone involved, and that includes all players and all officials from the illustrious heads of English Football.
The issues that they deal with on a daily basis it seems are never handled well and somewhat remind me of dealings by the one the only Sepp Blatter, of FIFA 'fame'.
He himself is renowned for his blinkered approach to all things outside the brain that he holds in his head, anything that isn't his own thinking is quickly turned down before it is fully justified, and unfortunately for the followers of English football, the same is felt about the handling of the English Captaincy by the F.A and the man 'in charge' of the team, the illustrious Italian Fabio Capello.
Now in Italian International circle's the Captaincy is automatically handed to the player who has the most caps for their country, hence the likes of Paulo Maldini and now Gianluigi Buffon have been the most recent captains of their beloved national side, both having the most caps.
So when it comes to our home nations, England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, and indeed even Northern Ireland, we always look to appoint the most influential, charismatic, passionate candidates about, whether they have an abundance of experience or not at the highest International level?
At the weekend the young Aaron Ramsey, at the age of a meagre 2o years of age caused some controversy by being named as Wales' captain against England, while on the other side the newly re-instated England captain John Terry caused as much controversy for being just that, re-instated.
A year ago Terry was stripped of his armband for matters happening in his private life, rumours around an alleged fling with his then team mate Wayne Bridge's then girlfriend, rumours which had disrupted the National teams performances at the World Cup as a clear dived amongst the team had occurred, of course this was not the only reason England failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing of one of the fancied nations to lift the trophy but it couldn't be overlooked as playing at least some part in the poor performances.
So I can only say I am shocked and disappointed in the fact that Terry has been given the armband back, yes Rio Ferdinand, who was going to be Captain in that World Cup on the back of the issues surrounding Terry's private life was injured, and his vice Captain Steven Gerrard stepped in to fill his boots, which Gerrard did with some inspiring displays, no-one can deny that, but the questions, a year on still remains, Rio does get injuries, so therefore he doesn't play as much as an England need a captain to. So for those reasons, yes, England need a captain to play almost every game, which Terry generally does, but I personally don't think he is the right choice to take the armband again, what message must that send to the rest of the squad? Not a good one if they are of the mindset that Terry was at fault and fully responsible for his own un-doing in the first place.
Capello doesn't have Gerrard to call on due to injury and an operation, but surely Terry was not the right choice here?

Let me simplify it, England Captain should.....Be a respected member of the squad.....Maybe Terry isn't anymore, Captain should lead by example.....on the pitch yes, off the pitch certainly not, just a few reasons why it shouldn't be John Terry, we all know his qualities he does bring but surely an England captain should encapsulate everything the country as a whole, not just a sporting team, should be sending out as a message to the rest of the world and the back and forth juggling of the captains armband is sending out a message making our national team look like a joke.
Capello doesn't understand the ramifications of the honour that goes hand in hand for the English public, because his roots buried in the Italian way doesn't translate into the way of doing by the National coach.
Because of his lack of knowledge on the thoughts and feelings or lack of both, it shows he maybe not the right man for his job either, but until he steps down in 2012 this will not be changing, the overall handling of all situations since his appointment has disappointed me in every way, but if the team then went and won a major trophy then he could throw that back at his doubters but as that hasn't happened and in my opinion not likely to under his guidance, then and only then he could stand tall and say his choices were justified......

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