There's plenty of...well, not particularly complimentary words about Arjen Robben in the morning Mailbox, but some sensible voices recognise that's not an excuse...
One Spurs fan has had quite enough of Tim Sherwood's schtick, whilst Jack Rodwell takes a kicking too. Plus one chap who thinks United will still get in the top four...
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Is Townsend Better Than Walcott?
In response to Graham Simons' comment about the differences between Walcott and Townsend, I see your point. However, I had a bit of a think, and I think I've got a couple of things that swing it in Townsend's favour.
Firstly, his link-up play with Kyle Walker- it was genuinely excellent at times. It wasn't the sole reason for his inclusion or his good performance, but no doubt the familiarity helped him on what was an excellent debut.
Secondly, Walcott gets the ball, runs down the line, loses it or hammers it out for a goal kick. Townsend on the other hand seems to be capable of taking the ball, beating a man and making a pass, both down the wing or coming infield- he did it quite a few times on Friday. For me, that makes him a much better team player.
Finally, on an unrelated note, if I was Adam Llallana, I'd be insulted that Sterling and Milner had been called up ahead of me. Sterling's already failing to live up to the hype (predictably) and Milner... I just don't get him! Why does Roy feel the need to get Milner on at some point in every single game England play? Surely, at 3-1 up on Friday, bringing Barkley on for Gerrard would have made more sense?
Another One 'Arry Unearthed
Re Michael in Basel; if Harry Redknapp did indeed possess the ungodly perspicacity he would like us all to think, he surely would have made reference to Andros Townsend in his book. Strange; it's almost as though he didn't foresee the rise of young Andros this season.
Or did he?
Headline in today's Sun: "Andros was snubbed by Watford!". Subheading: "But Harry knew he had a star".
So there you have it; another triffic spot by 'Arry. Uncanny.
Scott (Almost certain I discovered Wayne Rooney when I saw him on telly aged 16), London.
Feet On The Ground
Sure, Townsend had a great debut against a team with the population the size of Bristol but let's not get carried away.
He has scored how many premier league goals this season from how many shots at goal? Also, if you look at his record, he has a less than stellar record from 9 loan spells, hardly world-beating.
Also I remember a winger and scored 2 goals on his debut for England and then ... well not much. His name? Kieron Richardson, still somehow playing in the Premier League but not likely to play for England ever again.
I wish Townsend well but let's cut the hype, one good game does not make a great player. He will have stiffer tests to come.
Greg (United fan)
...I'm all for being positive - especially where England are concerned but, Chris (Southend and for Brenden on the lonely Island of Canvey) Spurs needs to just calm himself a little!
Can I ask if he was being serious when pressing keys and actually deciding that some of the the following were sensible things to claim ?
'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' - I know literally nobody and I mean no-body who thinks Kyle Walker is anything more than very average. As for getting team out of trouble. I'm sorry but, that's one of the dumbest things I have ever read. He is the one who creates the trouble with his lack of positional sense and reckless challenges in and around the box. He is easily the weakest link in England's side.
'Baines is by far the superior left back in the squad' - I am hoping you make this bold statement based purely on the fact that Cole isn't currently in the squad. I'd then accept you are correct because Baines is much better than Gibbs !
'Welbeck does a job' - So did Stewart Downing.
'Sturridge' and 'work-rate' in same sentence. Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge you mean? (I happen to like him but work-rate isn't a word I'd use anywhere near his name)
'This is how England CAN play when the shackles are off' - No Chris, this is how England can play when they come up against a very weak side at home.
Neil (fearing the worst against Poland) Surrey.
But Things Are Looking Up
I know England get a lot of criticism from seemingly ever England fan. I still think now is the time to be positive about England. Whilst the names in the first team on Friday may not look that exciting, I think it's fair to say that their performance proved that Roy's team selection was effective. Rooney looked good, I just hope that he doesn't follow this with another abject performance, I am confident he won't though as he seems to be in decent form right now. Defensively I thought England looked solid and all the comments about Montenegro being likely to cause England problems was seemingly not true. They never really looked like beating England and even when they scored we still looked comfortable.
Andros Townsend... Well he was rather good in the end wasn't he? When the game started I found myself very frustrated by him. He constantly cut inside and gave the ball away, then as the game went on he became more effective. Mainly after half time, which makes me think Roy Hodgson maybe gave him a few tips. I never really rated Townsend before and one game doesn't make him a world class player, can people please remember that? Still if he plays consistently well for England then I have no problem with him playing.
The good times may not last and everyone including, players, fans and and higher ups agree that we won't win the world cup. Though why don't we for now just focus on the fact that England really aren't as bad as some people make out.
Andrew (P.S. I've heard that Arry is taking credit for some ex Liverpool and England player, Jamie something...)
Club v Country
Why do they rearrange league football to avoid internationals? They should leave them in and give us the delicious prospect of the top, top players having to finally decide which is more important: club or country? Do you stay loyal to your employers and hope to get some domestic silverware at the end of it? Or do you risk it all in order to play in mind numbingly dull qualifiers for a shot at a World Cup quarter finals exit on penalties? Seriously though it might reduce the number of articles banging on about players not caring about playing for England.
In response to Huw Ohlson, THFC, Melbourne I saw Mark Viduka chilling in Kingston (upon Thames, not Jamaica) last week. Now there's a player you miss.
It is a shame really for Australia. Honestly, with the failure of Cricket, Rugby, Swimming, Athletics and pretty much every other sport I can think of, I was really really hoping that football (soccer) would give you guys some much needed pride back. Alas, it isn't to be. So sad.
JazGooner (I've no idea what sarcasm means)