The English press.
They hyped the hell out of an okay side and then did all they could to destroy it. Many people can point out several things that was wrong with the side but I will put it down to one thing…
A total absence of leadership on the team on the pitch. They played with fear all through out the tournament and lacked any commander on the pitch. They were a ship with out a captain.
Taking down John Terry was a mistake. I hope the few millions made by the few newspapers in making Terry’s private life compromise their national success was worth it. John Terry should have captained the side. England might not have won the cup but I certainly believe they would have given a far better account of themselves.
The Terry episode ensured there were cracks in the dressing room and the team never recovered.
It was never the same team that whisked through the qualifiers.
Of course Fabio has his faults too
Bowing to pressure and removing Terry as captain. Steven Gerrard was as influential in that team as Theo Walcott. i.e no influence.
Building the team around Rooney, was a mistake. Building any team around an individual is never a good move.
Preparing the team for only football for the world cup. Psychology is very important in tournaments. The English team lost this tournament in their head. They let the pressure get to them
I am sure Fabio has learnt his lesson that preparation for tournaments is very different from League competitions. Unfortunately, he learnt that while the world cup was going on! Why did they not participate in a mini tournament before the world cup?
Capello should not be sacked though, he is a great coach
As for the players,
I would not blame them. They were not prepared mentally.
On The Super Chickens of Nigeria:
I have nothing to say about the Super Chickens of Nigeria. Our problem is different, it is caused by what is known as called Home Trouble. It was done in a village somewhere but we do not know which village.
Amodu will qualify us for the next world cup in 2014 but it will depend on Lesotho drawing with Egypt in Cairo on the last day of qualifiers. The NFA will sack him and get a foreign coach one month to the tournament.
Raymond ‘no level’ Domenech.