Date:Saturday June 21 2014
Reactions continue to generate column inches as England crashed out of the World Cup after losing their first two group stage matches to Italy and Uruguay.
Such monumental disasters should most likely provoke all shades of opinion from all shades of folks, and rightly so with the second goal against the South Americans arguably a result of poor defending, former Chelsea £10m flop striker Chris Sutton who arrived the club in 1999 before heading off in 2000 with just one league goal in 28 appearances and a solitary England cap to his name, has slammed England defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka and believes that Roy Hodgson should have done everything to select the retired John Terry.
Writing in his Daily Record column, the 41-year-old who now plies his trade down under with Isthmian League Division One North side Wroxham opined:
"The defending for Luis Suarez`s second goal was nothing short of criminal.
"But I`m convinced that had Terry been there he would have attacked the initial kick-out, taken responsibility and stopped the danger.
"England missed a trick by not taking Terry.
"At times managers have to bite the bullet and Roy should have taken him to Brazil, irrespective of what has gone on between them in the past.
"Cahill and Jagielka are both good individual players but at that level teams can create chances against them.
"England have lacked a leader at the back and a bit of organization. Terry would have given them that.
"Roy will be furious about the manner in which they lost
that second goal.
"It was such poor defending and it was unnecessary because a draw wouldn`t have been a disaster for
England going into the Costa Rica game.
"When I was at Blackburn under Roy I remember the first session he ever did with the squad. It was on how not to get beat by one long ball.
"It`s schoolboy stuff in many respects. And I don`t understand the criticism of "Steven Gerrard for the Suarez goal which is totally unjustified.
"It should not be Gerrard`s job to head long punts down
the field. It was Jagielka`s job but he got stuck in two minds and caught in no-man`s land.
"England`s Joe Hart dives but fails to save a goal scored by a header from Uruguay`s Luis Suarez as England`s Phil Jagielka watches on
"Okay, you can say he has made a poor decision. An honest mistake.
"But what on earth was Cahill doing? I have absolutely no idea what he was thinking.
"The most important thing to think about as a defender is always "what if?". Where`s the danger?
"He should have been round and snuffed it out but he gambled by stepping out and it looked to me like he was trying to play offside. That was an enormous mistake.
"At any level - but especially at World Cup level - you
can`t afford to do that."
Blimey even when Wayne Rooney who finally broke his World Cup duck in this one which is ironically England's worst ever showing at a finals have tendered a public apology on behalf of his teammates, do you agree with Sutton?
Do you think England conceded too many goals or didn't score enough?
Date:Saturday June 21 2014
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