John Terry & English Expectations


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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9 Responses

  1. algeria da best says:

    Wonderful post! England have to get serious about this tournament. They need to understand that a big country has their dreams on this team. They need to wake up and know that they didnt go to South Africa for a holiday. They came to play for their country and make the English pick their heads up in pride. Just like Terry said “I have left my wife and kids for 4 weeks to play well in this tournament and to go far in the World Cup” I just wish they’d show us what they really have and win at least 3-0 on Wednesday.

  2. bruce thomas says:

    Check out the link here. Graeme Souness is saying that (he has inside info) that England’s medical team have made a big mistake with their altitude preparation and that the team is not tired, unmotivated or bored but are literally starved of oxygen and will be at their very lowest physical ebbon Wednesday!

  3. Brenton says:

    I am dying for Capello to sit Terry and Rooney and win without them.

  4. Good post.

    My personal feelings are that this World Cup is now beyond England. It’s all very well to criticise Capello and say that he should adopt this tactic or select that player. The performance against Algeria was nothing to do with tactics – it was a choke by the players, pure and simple.

    Whatever John Terry’s motives, and you can make a good case for a campaign of revenge over the lost armband (“I was born to do that sort of thing” says more than a desire to lead, Terry feels it is his right), the Slovenia game has become a trial on which will be judged Capello’s future. This is far more crucial than the potential for another couple of matches next week.

    I firmly believe, as you say in your post, that losing Capello would be a huge backward step. If it means excommunicating John Terry after the World Cup, then so be it.

    The excessive influence of players is one of the main reasons Capello was hired, and I hope he gets the FA’s backing to finish the job. The next logical step is for Terry to be swiftly and permanently excommunicated after the World Cup. The Slovenia match has become the end game between Terry and Capello and this becomes it’s main significance above the World Cup itself.

  5. chris says:

    I think you are wrong to suggest that Capello now can’t pick Joe Cole because it would make it look like Terry ‘won’. A response like that from Mclaren maybe, but I don’t think Capello gives a toss what Terry thinks, or what the media thinks, or what the media thinks about what he thinks about what Terry thinks and so on…

    It seems likely that if he wants to pick Cole (and he did put him the squad so it must be on the cards), then he will pick him for footballing reasons only. And if he doesn’t he wont.

    At least I f… hope so.

  6. Peter says:

    The media will see to it that Capello goes if England don’t put in at least one impressive performance before they get knocked out, so it doesn’t look good for him. And when he does go, I’m sure the same events will happen over and over again before and during each major tournament before someone realises there’s more to it than the manager’s failings. If England don’t qualify on Wednesday, it won’t be because Joe Cole was left out, or Heskey was played, or Robert Green made a massive blunder, it will be because players who are world class for their teams such as Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney etc. didn’t perform at all, and neither did the rest of the squad. How many managers do England need to go through before the real problems with the FA’s England team are addressed?

  7. Mark Murphy says:

    John Terry summed himself up magnificently with his phrase “I was born to do that sort of stuff” – in responsr to a question about ‘leadership.’

    It was the key to this whole issue, as rightly suggested in the spot-on article above – Terry still regards himself as “leader” despite the (C) against Gerrard’s name on the teamsheet.

    And it was typical Terry. What started out as a suggestion of an intellectual concept – destiny – turned into chav s***e within the confines of a short sentence. A mixture of arrogance and ignorance which has long been one of the most unattractive of his many unattractive qualities.

    He has been one of England’s least culpable performers to date, to be fair to him, and he won’t be penned in for tomorrow just because the alternative is Dawson and Upson. But he remains a big-headed, pig-headed stupid boy.

    BTW: Proper use of “Coups D’Etat.” Excellent stuff

  8. Alex says:

    The problem with benching Rooney, good idea that it is, is that he’s already been so overhyped, indulged, and showered with cash that he’ll Gazza – sulk, turn to entourage wankers and the tabs, run up a disciplinary record as long as your arm, pie-out to nine million stone and pick up a hard to resolve cruciate injury – and we’ll never be able to play him again. There’s an argument that Alex Ferguson’s influence would counter this, but it might do so through simply assigning him a permanent international-week niggle.

  9. Bill says:

    All of this drama can be forgotten if England wins today, which I’m fairly certain they will, and move into at least the quarter finals. Its definitely possible, England just needs to wake up on the pitch and start playing with some creativity and emotion.

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