Hopes, Dreams & Reality: On England At Euro 2012


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Frank Heaven says:

    I am a little surprised, given the outrage that followed Hodgson’s appointment, how meekly the nation has accepted last night’s defeat.

    England don’t have the players but we’ve restored our self-respect – that’s the accepted line. Yet last night’s game also showed our alarming tactical inflexibility.

    This is not a great Italy team, as Croatia and Ireland have shown. But their midfield diamond ran rings around England’s bank of four. There was never any consideration of trying to adapt to the Italian tactics, not even the idea of moving to a 4-5-1 with Rooney (or other player) dropping back on to Pirlo.

    This is likely to be the future under Hodgson. I speak as a follower of the team he managed last season.

    That doesn’t mean I think he’s the wrong man for the job; quite the contrary. I think Roy’s rigid system is probably what works best for England’s players, as they are, I’m afraid, generally unreceptive to new tactical ideas.

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