Fabio Capello has unleashed the dangerous beast of optimism
Next to dashing a nation’s hopes the worst thing an England manager can do is raise the country’s expectations, given the list of past let-downs. That being the case, Fabio Capello’s problems may be just beginning. Perhaps he could have done without John Terry’s late winner against Ukraine in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley. At least a patchy draw would have reined in some of the optimism unleashed by the five straight wins which have all but put the team in the departure lounge for next year’s tournament in South Africa.
Already serious consideration is being given in some quarters to the possibility of England winning the World Cup a second time. After all, Capello appears to be the nearest thing yet to a latterday Ramsey even if he does not treat media enquiries about team matters as a personal affront in the way that Alf did.
He does seem to have gained the sort of respect among the players which his distant predecessor enjoyed and Frank Lampard’s revelation that no one any longer takes selection for granted recalls Bobby Moore parting company with Ramsey after one game with a friendly “See you next time then Alf”, only to be told ‘That’s if I pick you!’
Realistically, all Capello has done so far is to point England in the direction of qualification as surely as Sven-Goran Eriksson did after taking over from Kevin Keegan in 2000. It is what happens in the canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupon competition proper that reveals a coach’s true qualities and this was where Eriksson consistently fell down.
Should the England of Capello find themselves a goal up against Brazil in the 2010 quarter-finals, with Italy, Argentina and France eliminated and an average German canada goose coat 1000 bulbs lamps team on their way to the last four along with Turkey and South Korea like it, it can be assumed they would not blow it quite so lamely as Eriksson’s team did in Japan. That was the best chance England had of reaching their first final since 1966 and it is unlikely to occur again. Somewhere along the line buy canada average price for a canada goose jacket goose jacket winnipeg Capello’s team will be required to beat a big name and this is invariably where they go out. Practising penalty shoot-outs would be a start.
The pattern of success England have followed under Capello gives cause for hope and best place to buy a canada goose jacket alarm in equal measure. It seems to be the nation’s lot that their best player should be of the head-banging tendency. For Paul Gascoigne read Wayne Rooney, whose lunge through the ball at Ukraine’s Oleksandr Aliyev on Wednesday recalled Gazza’s reckless challenge on Gary Charles when Tottenham met Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final.
The injury Gascoigne suffered put him out of football for a season and his international career never fully recovered. Rooney was unhurt and uncensured, the referee indicating that he had won the ball, while being unimpressed by Aliyev’s histrionics, but the Manchester United player might not be so lucky next time. The follow-through was still violent enough to see Rooney sent off or carried off. True, Capello did describe the challenge as “a normal tackle” but then he does hail from the land that gave us the ungentle Claudio Gentile and the unlovable Romeo Benetti.
On the positive side, Rooney’s growing understanding with Steven Gerrard promises to give England an can you wash a canada goose parka attacking partnership to compare with the almost telepathic link between Keegan and Trevor Brooking that evolved under Ron Greenwood. If both Rooney and Gerrard stay fit, England’s World Cup ambitions may acquire more significance that the usual quadrennial triumph of hype over reality. Add in a natural goalscorer and, more crucially, a reliable goalkeeper and Capello’s England would look serious contenders.
As it is, there are more than a few coaches who would happilyswap places with the Italian just now. Diego Maradona, for instance, whose Argentina just suffered their biggest defeat for 60-odd years, beaten 6C1 by Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier in La Paz. That will teach him to take the name of the Almighty in vain. Playing at 12,000ft is as near to heaven as football gets and the Hand buy canada goose coat online of God gave canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo Maradona an overdue clip round the ear.
Then there is John buy canada goose parka cheap Toshack whose Wales team, while showing the defiant spirit of Men of Harlech against Germany, had played more like men of Harlow against Finland four days earlier. At least Scotland are still on course for South Africa, always canada goose coat – victoria provided they do not stop off for more drinks on the way.