Do We Really Care? I Mean, Really?

Oh, to spend a day living inside Fabio Capello’s head. The presumption had been that he would wait until after the friendly match tomorrow night against the Czech Republic at Wembley, but it now seems as if he just couldn’t control himself, and the announcement has been made. The England captain for the next two years will be… John Terry. You’ll have to pardon me if I’m unable to raise too much excitement over the announcement. After all, it’s hardly as if the squad is over-flowing with candidates that demonstrate that indefinable something that people seem to think will be important in a captain. This is one of the fundamental flaws with the England team at the moment. There are too many players with too few of too much. International matches, far removed from the hurly-burly of the Premier League and its chest-beating, running around in circles, grimacing and KICKING THE BALL VERY HARD, shows up the lack of even (what many perceive to be) the very best players’ lack of technical and their mental or psychological shortcomings for what they are. Could there be any more potent symbol of England’s wretchedness on the international stage than a man that missed a penalty kick in the European Cup final being made the captain of the national team barely three months later. England obsesses over the choice of captain for...

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