peps1154 wrote:Other than that I can see that you, ratheron, dont rlealy like Swedish people and thats propably because you live in Sweden and they get on your nerves, however you don't have to mention in every post that Eriksson is Swedish because when you take into considaration what you write about him, that makes all Swedes look like dumb ass'.
Not true, I've worked in Sweden for nearly 6 years so if I didn't like Swedish people, I wouldn't have stayed here for so long. I don't have a problem with Swedish people.
I'm proud of being English and like many England supporters, I don't particularly like having a foreign coach in charge of our team. Being manager of England is one of the biggest jobs in world football and it's a sad reflection on our game that we didn't find a suitable man in England to do the job.
However, in 2001, Eriksson was entrusted with grooming the finest group of English players for years into World Champions. Initially, there was a lot of enthusiasm but following that loon Keegan and the morbid Howard Wilkinson wasn't exactly difficult. Relatively easy qualification groups coupled with an outstanding group of players, meant his qualification record is amazing but for years he just hasn't understood the importance of friendlies. He doesn't understand English football. We aren't technically as gifted as other nations but we have always played with passion. Eriksson is cautious and unadventureous (on the football field, not in the office)
Since we lost 3-1 at home to Australia, he has continued to turn friendlies into 22 a side embarrassments. After the Australia defeat he said "I didn't realise the rivalary between England and Australia, if I had, we wouldn't have chosen to play them". What kind of statement is that !!!!
Since then, he's continuted to waste these matches as changes to blood young players, try formations. Instead, he kept picking his favourite players every time. Any manager of substance would have been building up to the finals and would have a number of game plans in place in case of injuries.
This squad he's named would have been more suited to a friendly match. I actually have no objection to Walcott or Lennon coming in from nowhere. I'm hugely concerned about the lack of strikers in the squad. You have to take 4 fully fit, experienced strikers to a tournament like this. Walcott should be a fifth striker.
England fans pay a fortune to follow the team anywhere in the world in huge numbers. To get tickets for away matches, we have to join a supporters club where our police backgrounds are checked, we have to register travel plans once we are allocated tickets and then after the games, we have to provide proof we attended the games - failure to do so, even once means you are excluded from the travel club and you won't get tickets again. We have to put up with constant abuse and mis-treatment due to our reputation earned in the 1970s and 1980s while supporters of other countries consistently go unpunished. In return, we expect whoever is in charge of our national team to behave properly and treat each and every game seriously. The current manager is paid a fortune and in return he has used his position to get a string of commercial endorsements, chase women and openly tout himself for the Chelsea job before Mourinho took over.
When it was announced that Germany would host the 2006 World Cup, you only had to look at the young players in England to see we would be serious contenders. Planning should have started a long time ago and the naming of the final squad (which isn't until NEXT Monday) should have filled everyone with hope and confidence. That certainly isn't the case with many of the England fans I know.
That said, we'll still be taking more fans than anyone else to Germany and will support the team as we always do. We have world class players and world class fans. The same cannot be said about the manager. If we somehow manage to win the world cup, it will be in spite of Eriksson, not because of him. England fans have every right to be angry with the way we have been let down.