With England planning the Three Lions ‘welcome home party’, and all preparations for their last match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition against Costa Rica on 24th June in place, which could also be termed as a friendly game since the Three Lions are out of the Tournament, with the outcome of the game not by any means of any significance, except for pride’s sake and one for the bookmakers and historians to record, all to the dismay of the English fans.
Truth be told, there were many factors that contributed to the lack-lustre performance of the English team, with the supposed undue influence of the English FA in the squad selection processes and the conscious desire of manager Roy Hodgson to field the media’s choice, this to mention a few were the major causes of the poor outing.
Rumours making the rounds suggests the preference of Hodgson’s selection of midfielders from a particular team and I would be stating the obvious by saying the English team was beaten in midfield where the far from impressive Henderson and aged Steven Gerrald were ran ragged, combined with the ineptitude of Danny Welbeck and the inexperience of Daniel Sturridge in front of goal cost them progression to the next stage of the world cup.
It would be interesting to know that Roy Hodgson fielded the same line-up in the games against Italy and Uruguay, that goes a long way to buttress the point that he could go to any length to please his media darlings.
As an arsenal fan, it disgusts me to see our promising youngsters (wilshere and chamberlain) although the latter being injured sit on the bench while less talented and green horns play.
One could argue that their exclusion from the starting line-up was due to them not being 100 percent fit, but I would say that it was the failure of the English FA in protecting them that caused their injuries, as Wilshere got injured while on international duty during the friendly game against Denmark at Wembley which ruled him out for six weeks.
Ever since the young lad hasn’t fully recuperated, same goes the OX who was quite impressive during the England warm-up games before suffering an injury to the right knee after a fall in the game against Ecuador.
Their injuries would have been prevented if proper care was taken and these players would have provided the much needed urgency and directness in front of goal.
Fingers crossed, let’s hope Hodgson’s retains his current line-up and don’t field the pair against ruthless Costa Rica who are quite physical, in order not to aggravate any previous injury they might have sustained because any other mishap would be unacceptable knowing how influential these pair are to the Gunners.