Judging England's Players From Brazil...

No marks out of 10 (that's for the tabloids) but Sarah Winterburn prepares for her first Euro Ladder of the autumn by judging the 23 England men in Brazil. Not pretty...

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slowgraffiti says...

There's a "<" missing from the front of HTML code for the line break in James Milner's entry, which is about as exciting and appropriate as it gets for James Milner and an article about England's flaccid national team. Roll on, Euro 2016.

Posted 6:08pm 15th July 2014

alter_ego (Bolton Wanderers) says...

Most of this squads only crime is being "not world class". As people have said we blame Rooney for not being Ronaldo, Gerrard for not being Pirlo, Cahill for not being...i'm not even sure who we consider to be world class centre backs. And then we blame Hodgson for picking better players. Like who exactly Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone(imagine what the press would have made of that when we got beat) That being said this tournament has showed a few things A.) Its not suited 'that well' to Europeans(yes a few have looked good and gone through but you'd expect more to follow) Italy for example only needed a point from 2 games! But its not always about the star names too while Neymar and Messi have sore backs from carrying their side USA have snook under the radar leaving out their star player and just playing, as much as i hate to say this at 110%!

Posted 10:36pm 27th June 2014

sellars (Nottingham Forest) says...

Gerrard was a phenomenal captain off the pitch...and that is where he should have stayed

Posted 1:12pm 27th June 2014

lukejones1104 says...

You seriously would've picked Cole over Baines? Cole looked like he was running underwater whenever he played last season. I don't want to rip into him because he was a truly great player, but hes way past his peak and Baines has been better than him for several years. A crap tourament does not equal a crap player, but I guess its easy to be wise in hindsight. Picked up a lot of bias in the description of Baines. He had a poor tournament (very few didn't), but he wasn't even our worst defender, let alone one of our worst players. Even Glenn Johnson seemed to get off lightly in your judgement of him, and he was (predictably) garbage. And Rooney is the self-proclaimed "big man" is he? When has he ever said that?

Posted 11:34am 27th June 2014

lukejones1104 says...

You seriously would've picked Cole over Baines? Cole looked like he was running underwater whenever he played last season. I don't want to rip into him because he was a truly great player, but hes way past his peak and Baines has been better than him for several years. A crap tourament does not equal a crap player, but I guess its easy to be wise in hindsight. Picked up a lot of bias in the description of Baines. He had a poor tournament (very few didn't), but he wasn't even our worst defender, let alone one of our worst players. Even Glenn Johnson seemed to get off lightly in your judgement of him, and he was (predictably) garbage. And Rooney is the self-proclaimed "big man" is he? When has he ever said that?

Posted 11:31am 27th June 2014

Gab1965 says...

Lowest rating of all has to go to Hodgson though. It isn't as if the team's poor form was a total surprise, they weren't exactly looking in top form in the three games before the tournament started. They need to look at 3 at the back and free Johnson and Baines/Shaw to concentrate more on attacking and providing width. Rooney and Sturridge as the two up front and Wilshere, Barkley and Sterling as the three in the middle. Otherwise, they play the current formation and look ahead to the likes of Chamberlain and Walcott returning. Walcott would have been a better option than Welbeck all day long.

Posted 11:11am 27th June 2014

brainwrong (Chelsea) says...

@Harry Boulton... I thought they were all sh*t to be honest, ours included. Cahill was okay, but only okay, as was Rooney... beyond that...

Posted 10:09am 27th June 2014

surprisedicare says...

Harsh on Henderson, he cracked a beaut of a shot after about 5 mins v Italy the when given the impetus to push on he was involved and dynamic. Not a holding player bar in a crisis of options. Lallana didn't get much of a chance and must've been gutted to not start after thinking it was his position. To blame Johnson for the Italy goal is mental too. Should he just let the guy he's marking run into the box in order to cover an area of the pitch when no-one else is spare? Formations should have had a rating too, would've got a low mark.

Posted 11:20pm 26th June 2014

lee10c (West Ham United) says...

No mention that Lambert used to work in a beetroot factory? Disappointing

Posted 7:38pm 26th June 2014

parworld2003 (Liverpool) says...

Funny how all the bitter United & Chelsea fans show up and criticize Gerrard for all of England's ills. And Shagwa (Chelsea), no as central defenders you do not stand around looking into blank space as you midfielder attempts to win the ball off the opposition striker. Its clear that Terry would have stayed closer to Suarez if he had been picked. And no Gerrard does not have eyes at the back of his head even though he does need superhuman efforts to keep standing up while the entire team fails him and the country.

Posted 7:22pm 26th June 2014

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