Thursday, May 04, 2006

Good and Bad News for the England Football Team

"Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has been appointed the next England manager, ending months of speculation over Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor".
I can't help feeling disappointed about McClaren getting the England job. I'm sure most football fans feel the same, except possibly the Middlesbrough ones.
McClaren is a massively underwhelming choice. The F.A. should have pulled out all stops to get Gus Hiddink. He has everything you could possibly ask for to manage the national team.
The other big England story is the loss of Wayne Rooney for the World Cup Finals. This is a terrible blow as Rooney seems to be the only player who can create the unexpected and change a game. However Alan Ball, one of England's 1966 World Cup winners, points out that a similar thing happened in 1966 when England lost their equivalent star, the brilliant Jimmy Greaves. Geoff Hurst was a squad player at the start of the tournament and only got his chance when Greaves was injured. He became the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final and played a huge part in the victory. Perhaps someone will step into Rooney's boots and surprise us all.


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