Harry Redknapp is a grumpy old soul today, despite the fact that England Under-21’s have qualified for the Euro 2009 finals, and the senior team are well on their way to landing a spot in the 2010 competition. Could it be that the Portsmouth manager is having to gorge on some sour grapes after slating Fabio Capello earlier this season after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Czech Republic?
Nobody can argue that the ex-West Ham gaffer hasn’t done a sterling job at Fratton Park, pulling Pompey away from the jaws of relegation and into the top half of the Premier League. However, his latest comments in The Sun regarding the future of English football might have a few people scratching their heads, especially on the day after players such as Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott were part of such a fine performance in Belarus.
ENGLAND’S win proved that Fabio Capello has got us on the right road.
But I wonder how long it will be before we run into a dead end.
Now the last thing I want to be is an England killjoy. But I’ve been long enough in the game to be a Three Lions realist and I’m worried about the future.
While we roar on to the 2010 finals in South Africa, there is a more worrying situation happening immediately beneath the top level.
I don’t see our next David Beckham or Rooney.
No one dazzles.
That is what worries me. Yes, they are through to the finals next summer. But the Under-21s is all about fine-tuning players for the national team. In the end, England got through courtesy of an own goal after Wales absolutely battered them.
Yes, that’s right, the Dragons battered England and still managed to concede five goals to them! It’s clear that a lot of nerves were on display in the second leg Under-21 match, and the fact that the Three Lions only just made it through does not mean we should be depressed about the future of English football at this present moment in time. Does anyone agree with the Portsmouth manager or is he just being a bit bitter after missing out on the England gig?