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Sitting In The Waiting Room

Sitting In The Waiting Room
I don't know about you lot but I can't think of an England game I have looked forward to more, than Wednesday's crucial encounter with Croatia, which, win or lose will have massive repercussions. If England win well, they finish top of the group and we'll be back to our delusions that we are amongst football's aristocrats. A draw will see us qualify as the luckiest bastards since bastards started getting lucky.

But whether luck or no luck, crap manager or good manager, overrated players or world-beaters; all that counts for nothing now - they simply cannot lose.

Wednesday, is all about whether the English are a bunch useless twats when they step onto a football field, or not, and whether our philosophical and sporting leaders, can run the proverbial piss-up in a brewery, or not.

Can the English get off their effete sorry arses, and for once, be as brave as the Scots, and as passionate as the Irish and the Welsh?

Or, asking a bit too much here, as professional as the Germans.

Handed a group, everyone assured us they would cruise, England have it all to do and pressure-cooker ain't in it. What if they go one-nil down early on and get a penalty which would take them through? Will there be a player on the pitch with the bottle to put it away?

Its going to be a big test for the manager and every player who puts on that shirt, come Wednesday night. It will be a definite case of: no guts, no glory.

I am not sure what sort of lash-up McClaren has in mind for the defence but the likely front two of Defoe and Crouch remains a mystery and that is the long and the short of it. But surely Gareth Barry has to play. Not because he is a Villa player but because England must keep the ball, if they are going to dominate the game. Give the ball away as they so often do and the Croats will quickly put the game beyond them.

Keep the f***ing ball!

Barry simply must play and if he doesn't McClaren will be exposed, as a man who is totally unable to learn his lessons. If Barry doesn't start and Lampard is paired with Gerrard, it will confirm every bad thing anyone has ever said against the England manager. If I have one dread, it is that McClaren will revert to that sort of madness, as what mental capacity he does possess, evaporates in the heat of the build-up.

For Villa romantics.

It is not so long ago that I was fantasizing out loud, about the moment when Crouch would make his starring England debut. All that came true but it never occurred to me that one day it would be Crouch leading the line and it would be he, we depended upon, to score the goal(s) that would take England through to a major International tournament. For him to do so, would be one of the greatest football fairy-tales in living memory and that would be a fantastic moment for any fan who saw his potential at Villa and would once again, totally vindicate Graham Taylor's faith in him.

Besides, I like Peter because he looks as rubbish in a woolly hat as I do: Click Here

But I tell you what, I will be absolutely crapping myself from now until that final whistle is sounded on Wednesday, as I always do when I'm sitting in the waiting room.

Writer:Steve Wade
Date:Monday November 19 2007
Time: 6:40PM


Its obvious he will bottle the Barry/Lampard/Gerrard decision for wednesday. With the striker injuries and the need for a draw Mcdonut will feel a right tactical genius playing the 5 in midfield and will be grinning with all his bucked teeth at how well it worked after. Fair enough, but once the strikers are back for the next match, it will be 442 with Lamps and Gerrard in midfield - which he will do as it will be something like 3 months later when the drive from fans/media for Barry to be in team wont be as strong and Barrys performance will be all but a distant memory. He cant drop Lamps or Gerrard for any sustained period, its just the injuries and situation on wednesday will yet again avoid him having to make a real decision.
19/11/2007 18:56:00
I suspect you're absolutely right Mickey_Villa. If he does play Beckham, Gerrard and Lampard - and Robinson in goal - England will deserve to lose. And I sort of hope we do.
20/11/2007 07:19:00
A lot of stories circulating today that McLaren will be sacked even if we win, so Barry may have a chance under any new manager.
20/11/2007 10:18:00
It has been reported in the press McClaren want the supporters to cheer England through to the finals, I suspect the reason the Manager wants the crowd whipped up into a fanatical frenzy of support for the team is for personal reasons. The crowd cant cheer the team and give the manager a load of shytt. The crowd cheering the team as they walk out onto the pitch will cover the calles for McClarens head. If England win he smirks and carries on, If England lose he knows his time is up. As I said for suporters of the National Team its a lose lose situation.
20/11/2007 11:03:00
go for a 4-2-1-3 formation with barry and gerrard holding, Lampard playmaking and Gabby, walcott and young upfront interchanging as they go. Now that would set those croatian asses on fire. wont happen though.
20/11/2007 19:33:00
I've read that letter somewhere before mickey-villa, give ot take one or two word changes. Have you appeared on another site, 365 or something with the same? Whatever. Hope Carson doesn't start in goal. The game could make or break his international career. A major error in this fixture would take some battling back from.
20/11/2007 20:30:00
Nope Glensider, this is my first and last site. Nice to see I cant come up with an original post though. You were saying about Carson? The battling back starts at Boro, what a shocker.
21/11/2007 22:26:00
Apologies Mickey_Villa. My mistake. Good original posting then.
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