England has no weaknesses – Landon Donovan
Posted on June 9, 2010 12:10 pm
This is a gift, or a trap. Where to begin?
Capello doesn’t even seem to know who his No.1 keeper is. Joe Hart is potentially brilliant but red raw, Rob Green is meh, David James is an accident waiting to happen. I’d take Tim Howard above all three.
#2 The captain on crutches
Rio Ferdinand was the best centre-back at the 2006 World Cup. A dodgy back means he’s not as reliable these days, but his composure and experience will still be missed. Rio’s replacement, Ledley King, is hardly more durable.
#3 A right-back who can’t defend
Glen Johnson is the only right-back in England’s 23-man squad. He gave away a penalty against the Platinum Stars. For a defender, he’s surprisingly bad at defending.
#4 The Everlasting Gerrard-Lampard conundrum
England has NEVER been able to get the most from Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. So why should Saturday be any different?
#5 After Rooney… nothing
Wayne Rooney is awesome, we all know that. After Rooney, England’s forward roster is barely better than what the USA has. Crouch, Defoe, Heskey – not one is truly top class.
#6 England has beaten a World Cup-winning nation only ONCE (not including in its home World Cup in ’66)
That’s right. Sixty-six apart, England has only one win over a World Cup-winning nation at a World Cup finals. Ever! (Twas against Argentina at the group stage in 2002, when D-Becks scored a penalty.)
So, er, let’s not kid ourselves that England has a first-class pedigree in World Cups.
Apart from that though, Mandon is right – no weaknesses. Nada.