Jose Mourinho might be unhappy with the low numbe of goals from his strikers, but Nick Miller argues that he doesn't have to worry, because the goals are still coming...
More on the great Keano debate this afternoon, and who is and who is not bitter and so forth. Plus, a footballer who became a WWE wrestler, and Gaius Julius Caesar...
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If Anything, We Spurred Him On
I suggest whoever wrote the last Mediawatch should bring in a couple of boxes of Kipling cakes and/or some cases of hard liquor into work on monday to keep themselves up beat, because I have a feeling the F365 office is going to be flooded with emails titled "RE:Townsends One Ineffective Trick."
Jamie R, Dublin(I didn't fancy him either lads)
A sign of progression. That is what we saw on Friday night.
This is how England CAN play when the shackles are off. No safety first approach, an attacking line up with pace and passing through the middle. Penetration on the wings.
Hats off to Roy for finally getting it right. It makes me ask the question why it has taken him practically the whole of qualifying, and a few injuries to get it right. We have great strength at full back. Kyle Walker is a great deputy for Johnson, and even offers more in attack and his pace does get him and the rest of the team out of trouble in defence, where Cahill and Jagielka lack. Baines is by far the superior left back in the squad now and we offered more down the left, often a quiet place for England attacks.
We ticked over possession well in midfield, probing the opposition and not forcing our way through too much. Our midfield, is currently better without the option of Wilshere. He could be a great player for us, but he is young, inconsistent and yet to find what kind of midfield player he is. Currently, Lampard, Gerrard and Carrick are our best options.
Welbeck does a job, and has scored a few goals and with Sturridge and Rooney we have flexibility, pace and workrate, with any potential moment of explosion and a goal.
We cant win the world cup, but maybe Harry was right, we can play exciting football and we do have the players, the manager just has to have a clear idea of how he wants us to play, and to play to our strengths. Pace and quickness of the ball is our strength and Friday night we played to it.
And finally Townsend scored with his 73rd shot of the season.
Chris (Southend and for Brenden on the lonely Island of Canvey) Spurs
Some People Are Harder To Please
People wonder why some English players would rather sit on the bench for big clubs than go elsewhere for first team football. Good old Roy has just given us the answer.
I like Roy but even I find some of his decisions baffling , I am beginning to think he can't help but only pick players who are playing for top 6 or 7 clubs no matter how they are playing. It's the only way I can explain that Milner and Cleverly get called up while Agbo and Lallana are left behind. It's also the only way I can explain sterling being drafted from the under 21 team to replace cleverly when you have the superb Lallana playing week in week out.
All this week the argument has been to raise the number of English players in the prem. I have to ask what is the point if you are only going to pick the English players from the top 6 or 7 clubs ?
Deshope ( ozil assisted this mail) Doherty
Why Lampard Over Young Jack?
I was at Wembley on Friday night and I'm sorry but I couldn't for the life of me work out why Lampard was picked ahead of Jack.
Wilshere's a little off-form but not to the degree that he should be losing his place to a 35 year old who was giving the ball away and who I'm not sure is capable of lasting the full 90 minutes any more.
It is one of the great ironies that Jack's dip in form has been caused by his desire to play like an Englishmen. Friday's game showed an England team running around as much as they could rather than letting the ball do the work.
If Jack just relaxed and played the ball more simply I think we would once again see the great hope of English football re-emerge.
In the heat of Rio if our first 11 runs around like they did on Friday we'll be picked off by even the lesser lights who will let us have the ball and score in the last 10 when we're completely knackered.
Also I don't see what Townsend brings that Walcott doesn't. They both have great pace, they're both prepared to shoot from range but they both can't cross and have a rubbish first touch.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Strewth, It Could Be Worse
For those who haven't pleased with England's performances in general, at least you're not one of us Australians.
We might have qualified for the World Cup, but back-to-back 6-0 losses to Brazil and France does not bode well for next year. There's also the not-so-inconsiderable fact that we have sacked our coach and are looking for a new one.
It's not looking good for us. At all.
Huw Ohlson, THFC, Melbourne
Intellectual Economics Bantz
Just read Philip Cornwall's article on the possible existence of a 'Dyke curve' and possible ideas to address its existence and consequences.
I propose fusing the Laffer curve with the Dyke curve to produce, if you like, the Laffer-Dyke Curve.
Thusly, as the percentage of a Premier League Team's 'English Eligible Players Playing Time' increases, for every 5% increase the Club pay 1% less corporation taxes in lieu of the benefit they must be having on the National Game.
So, for example, if Liverpool can increase the percentage of minutes of England-eligible players from 30% to 35%, then they get to pay 1% less corporation tax on profits. Increase it again from 35% to, say, 50% then that's another 3% reduction in their tax rate. Go all the way to 100% and they pay a measly 16% tax.
Capitalism will be made to work for the National Team. Clubs will obviously look to increase the amount of time England-eligible players are on the field (as it results in bigger after tax profits). But if they just end up packing the team with 100% but sub-standard English players they'll get relegated and lose out massively - but pay hardly any tax. Alternatively, fill your team with foreign World beaters and win the League, Champions League and FA Cup, but pay the full 30% corporation tax on your huge wad to make amends for the costly damage you've had on the previously brilliant England team.
Obviously the FA can work with the Government to work out the exact correlation between tax relief and percentage playing time, maybe 100% England-eligible players is 0% tax and 0% England-eligible players is 50% tax? And a percentage of the tax received should be ploughed straight back into the game at the junior coaching level.
Thoughts from people who know and care more about this than me?
Snelly, Nelson, NZ
Erm.... Mario As Terry?
Imagine a man is so arrogant that when he gets pulled over by the cops and is questioned about large amounts of cash he's carrying he says it's because he's very rich
Imagine a man is so stupid and irresponsible he sets fire to his house by letting off fireworks in his bathroom.
Imagine a man is such a thug he throws darts at youth team players
Imagine a man is so self absorbed he sends his friends to go and tell any girl that catches his eye that he's ready to see them now.
Imagine a man is so immature and self-centred that after being left out of the starting XI for an international game he's spotted on TV playing with an iPad on the bench.
Imagine a man is so disrespectful and cares so little for his employers and their fans that he goes on TV wearing the shirt of his clubs fiercest rivals.
Now imagine his name is John Terry.
The Real Problem With International Breaks
There are many things that can put a dampener on a nice afternoon, but few compare to the sheer despair you feel when you settle down to watch Soccer Saturday and then listen to Gary bloody Megson tell you how he thinks football should be played. We've seen how you like to play football Gary, it was s**t. God almighty its depressing.
Then again I'm Irish so international weekends tend to be pretty gloomy these days anyway.
Fortycoats (and fifty pockets), Ireland
Tempting Almost Inevitable Fate
So can we know expect a hastily edited version of 'Arry's book in which he claims to have made Andros Townsend the player he is today...?