Sunday, 27 June 2010

England In Need Of German Lessons

So England's World Cup dream is over.

I am not going to blog ranting at the Uruguayan officials or Sepp Blatter, instead I am going to praise the Germans. Who England could learn a lot from.

Germany went into the game surprisingly as underdogs, despite winning their group and putting in better performances. They did lose to Serbia, but they had 10 men for the majority of the game and still outplayed Serbia for large spells.

Compare that to England's three lacklustre performances, scoring only two goals against much weaker opposition.

On paper, it would be fair to say that England have the stronger squad, but as we all know games are played on grass, sometimes plastic, but never paper.

The first five to ten minutes of the game were understandably a nervous affair with both teams making a couple of early errors. But that is when the similarities stopped.

Germany were dynamic, England were static. Germany were creative, England were hit and hope. Germany were a team, England were a group of individuals.

It's not all doom and gloom though, as Germany are a great example of how England may have to take on the next World Cup in Brazil. With the current squad an ageing one it won't be long until the likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Barry and James hang up their International boots.

The 2014 World Cup squad may well be a more youthful squad, which could be a breath of fresh air to the team.

There is a long list of young English players who could play a big part for England in the future if they get enough first team football. The likes of Joe Hart, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott and Gabriel Agbonlahor are already getting that first team football and I expect them to be England regulars soon.

I would like to see players such as Jack Rodwell, Jack Wilshere and Michael Mancienne getting more game time to push for their places.

The second lesson England should learn from Germany is to get the balance between attack and defence right. The attacking quartet of Klose, Ozil, Muller and Podolski were lethal on Germany's Blitzkrieg like counter attacks but were also able to maintain possession in the final third.

England either left Rooney and Defoe isolated, unable to create anything or committed too many players forward allowing Germany to break and score goals number three and four.

England's thumping by Germany may actually do more good than harm in the long run, with an in depth investigation likely to happen to see exactly what wrong down the line, and perhaps wholesale changes to the England set up.

You never know, in Brazil four years from now England may finally end 48 years of hurt...