May 11, 2012
There are some bookies markets floating around that price Steven Gerrard as the favourite to be England captain at evens for the European Championship.
What did we say yesterday regarding John Terry and Rio Ferdinand? That one of the biggest weaknesses in English football is our insistence on picking players on reputation rather than form.
Gerrard is going to be 32 at the end of this month, he’s taken part in only 16 league games this season, and he’s looked short of his best the majority of the times he has featured. How does that kind of season qualify you for the England captaincy?
How does that kind of season even guarantee you a place in the starting eleven?
When most people think of the Liverpool captain, they do so while imagining him in his swashbuckling prime – he’s not that player anymore. We have got to stop picking players based on what they were, and open our eyes to what they are.
You know the FIFPRO shortlist that gets selected every year? The one that reads just like a list of players that people have heard of? That’s how the England team seems to be selected.
“Rio and JT at centre-back – obviously. Stevie G and Franky Lampard in the centre…”
No, these players have failed to perform at every international tournament that they’ve ever been to – it’s time to move on, especially when none of these players are performing particularly well anymore. For the last time; we have got to stop awarding England caps on the basis of fame rather than suitability.
Steven Gerrard, despite his merits domestically, has never adjusted to international football; he doesn’t have the discipline required for it. Why does anybody think that now that he’s out of form, has lost a step of pace, and is more injury prone than ever, that all will suddenly click into place?
It’s illogical. Pick the team based on who the best performing players are – isn’t that the oldest principle of team sport? Not in England apparently.
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