Sad but true…unless your not English in which case it’s probably fairly amusing.
Germany ace Thomas Muller believes England had too many alpha males in their failed World Cup bid.
Fabio Capello’s side went into Sunday’s Bloemfontein clash as favourites but were outplayed in their 4-1 defeat to Joachim Low’s team.
Muller scored the decisive third and fourth goals against the Three Lions and believes a number of failings contributed to their defeat.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final clash with Argentina,Muller said: “England have so many top stars in their squad, they’ll always be a part and parcel of the international football scene.
“There are so many alpha males in the squad and it is difficult to have so many alpha males and roll in the same direction but you don’t only need chiefs, you also need Indians, those willing to do hard work – that maybe a problem with England that players aren’t mentally prepared to go that extra mile for their team.”
As regards Capello’s hint that he will be bringing in some of the youngsters in future, Muller added: “I don’t know how many youngsters England have got to put through but if there are any they will certainly raise the standard of the team.
“You need to have a team that plays as a team and maybe younger players are more subservient and they do what they are required to do.” (Sky Sports)
Thomas Muller is no rocket scientist, or perhaps he is (if he isn’t, can someone please edit his Wikipedia page so that is says he is, as that would be thoroughly amusing), but he has pretty much said what a lot of people have been saying for quite some time.
Whether its because playing for your country doesn’t mean as much as it used to (cliché I know) or the players themselves can not stand each other, there is clearly something not quite right in the England camp. It’s interesting if you think about it. There is no reason that the players from different camps should like each other.
It’s not like the moment they all pull on their England shirts they become the best of friends. There is no real reason that some sort of patriotic glue suddenly brings all the warring Premier League factions together for the sake of national unity.
Other countries, although far less than in previous major tournaments, can somehow see past this shared hatred that seeps in during the domestic season and ‘get along’ in order to achieve things. Perhaps the growth of the English top tier has led the players from the various title chasing sides to have even more reason to really not like each other.
Perhaps that is why the South American nations are doing so much better at this particular World Cup. There players all fight in different European leagues and perhaps do not therefore have ‘scores to settle’, however this would not explain the cohesion in the German camp but may well explain why Italy have also drawn a big fat blank in South Africa.
Maybe the lack of pride in playing for the country married to this club vs club battle helps result in such a disjointed end product on the field of play? Seriously you could write a thesis on why England have historically since 1966 failed to convert their domestic ability to international success. These two reasons are just two of many.
One thing is for sure though. Fabio Capello is not the root of the problem and anyone thinking that he is, is merely deflecting the blame from those who are 100% to blame, the players themselves.