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More stick for Gary Cahill and England

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?

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Writer: Josh_Mou  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 21 2014

Time: 2:17PM

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It must be said England's defence was shaky but it doesn't tell the whole story. They had no calming presence in midfield neither was there any player to destroy the opposition's play. Other teams do have such players De Jong for the Dutch, Gustavo for Brazil, Khedira for Germany etc. As for the second Suarez goal, blame generous Gerrard not Cahill. I am happy with how England performed though. It's exactly how i wanted. Now the FA and Roy (if he won't be sacked) will know how to choose the squad next time.
The defending was abysmal, no doubt about it. Cahill did lose Balotelli for Italy's winner, and tried to play offside and ended up on wrong side of Suarez for uruguay's second. On the whole Cahill did well, but these two glaring errors stand out. He is much better for Chelsea, more assured and confident with or without JT. But we also have much better DM's than England. Gerrard and henderson pivot was a recipe for disaster.
Hodgson is really out of his depth with this job ,but as long as he sucks up to Dyke he is safe despite making Sven look like Guardiola .I am sure they will end up blaming it on too many foreign players in the league and clubs like us and City destroying youth . Gerrard has managed to escape the drubbing he richly deserves because he is a living saint ,Johnson also has gotten a pass ,most of the blame has gone to Cahill ,Jagielka and Baines (The last two deserve some of it ). Welbeck was poor ,Saint Stephen of the Scousers gave his team mate two wonderful assists which knocked us out yet the pundits have absolved him from all blame because he is the inspirational captain (this is a man who glassed a dj for not playing his fave Phil Collins song and got one of his flunky's to take the blame .).I am sure he will be knighted soon as it seems he and his bin dipper brethren can do no wrong .Even Woy gets off the hook for his general stupidity like inspiring Suarez to score against us . Remember all the flak Sven and MacLaren used to get ?,yet most non Liverpool supporters would rather those two at the helm than this owl faced moron we are stuck with .
Michael Reid
if it wasnt needed - extra evidence that politics should stay out of sport Terry and Cole should have been there . . Woy the "yes man" with the FA wouldnt challenge them. Even the Man Ure have proved time andf time again that you need not just strong players but a strong manager too. If you wan tto introduce younger players , you dont do it at the WC finals
when I say "younger" i include the lesser experienced too such as Englands defenders . Cahill excluded
Lol, the ball was the far from Cahill there was nothing he could have done, blame Gerrard instead for providing that exquisite assist. Cahill made 18 powerful tackles, I wonder what the scoreline would have been without him. The English FA and media are foolish, they forced Hodgson into ignoring Terry and Cole now they are looking for who to blame
I love it how its purely the defences fault for the goals....Italy's second goal....the ball comes from their keeper short to pressure on the ball from that point all the way to the final delivery...BUT its the defenders fault. Gerrard ****s up a header BUT is the defenders fault. Why cant the press actually criticize a liverpool player....worse 2 players so far for us...Gerrard and Johnson..... according to one report the only player to have come out with any credit is cahill..... tbh read into what they write with a pinch of salt....english press = bunch of t*ssers
England fans, get real. The usual tournament hype is drummed by the media but the fact is that England has a squad of average quality and Hodgson tactics is on a similar level. Getting through from the group was really the maximum this team was ever going to achieve. Well, that failed but the blame is not in one single individual but in the lack of class players, match deciders.
Whoever chose Welbeck to the world cup squad is a moron.
Woy did and now he has just asked Gerrard to stay on as Captain ,we are seriously regressing under this man .
Michael Reid
Cahill and Jagielka are both guilty for some of the goals conceded. It's like they weren't prepared for this World Cup. It's unbelievable how much space and respect they gave Suarez. They were supposed to mark him tightly, kick his legs, harass and tackle him hard. I fear for Chelsea's defence when Terry is not available, it's like Cahill is too dependent on JT. He played well generally but made some schoolboy errors.
I thought Luiz was the problem with chelsea fc. Now he is gone and errors still resurface. Mikel has been better than all england midfielders but CFC fans criticise him for being slow and passing the ball sideways and backwards. This world cup I said will prove that the proffessors of football in CFC forums knows nothing about football.
The Spanish media gave Stevie G a zero rating for his performance it was so bad, and yet the English media are trying to blame Cahill. Gerrard is supposedly playing the Matic role these days. Since Matic signed for Chelsea we conceded 8 goals in 19 games. Liverpool conceded 50 goals in 38. The media voted Gerrard the 2nd best footballer in the premier league last season. The reality is he is good at taking penalties, free kicks and corners. As a holding midfielder i.e. his main job, he is beyond garbage and should be nowhere near the England team. The media are a clueless joke and Woy is their puppet.
England needed the calming influence of Mikel.
lo long and loud @ FV. Really... England needed the calming influence of Mikel. Never thought Mikel would be so influential. Looool and SMH
Who better to slow the game down.

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