England Must Prioritise The Collective Over Individuals

This World Cup has demonstrated the potential for a team to be greater than the sum of its parts. Now England must learn that vital lesson, says John Nicholson...

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prog1 (Manchester United) says...

John has a tricky philosophical problem. When the column started many moons ago it regularly featured exciting tales of rock n roll debauchery and rebellion. Rock groups rebel against convention - they are all about individualism and personal freedom of expression. Socialism is collective and anti-individual. There was a fascinating insight into the 'Northern Socialist' mindset in the recent 'Class of 92' - Mani complained that in the Thatcher years the government abandoned Manchester - and you know what "We just had to get on and do it ourselves". You could'nt make it up! It was of course the point - if you leave people alone they will flourish without guidance from the above.

Posted 11:50pm 25th June 2014

gordy (Leeds United) says...

I do agree that Rooney shouldn't have played, but to be fair the biggest issue was Gerards inclusion. He couldn't operate in the two man midfield and hence was ineffective, and he left our back four exposed, which was much more detrimental to the team than Rooney. Until we get the midfield right we will leave ourselves exposed, and will end up going out early in the rounds for ever more.

Posted 10:10am 24th June 2014

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