England’s New Training Regime: Dancing Atop the Bar

Fortunately for England and Man City, Joe Hart is a far better keeper than he is a dancer.

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I guess the lessons of World Cup 2010 never truly struck a cord back in England.  To be honest, the main lesson was rather straightforward – players are thrust into fame and fortune at such a young age and don’t know any better. They are irresponsible, unfaithful, aggressive, and brash, and exude a sense of entitlement for winning…well, nothing.

Queue Joe Hart, one of the few bright spots for England this season. A kid with the potential of being one of the all time greats between the sticks. Unfortunately, he is one of the many young twenty-somethings suffering from early stardom. Hart spent the weekend in Puerto Banús in Marbella, and was caught on video “dancing” atop the bar and singing into an imaginary microphone. Credit to Hart, it was a significant improvement from the last dance routine he subjected the world to.

But this is a serious problem, which condemns Capello’s overall control of his squad.  Not 72 hours before a European qualifier against Montenegro, and Joe Hart pisses off to Spain to make a fool of himself.  Nobody should expect a hangover effect from his weekend of debauchery, but that’s not the point.

The point is, since returning from South Africa, the culture apparently remains unchanged in the England camp. Players treat international breaks as a holiday, and have no sense of commitment to their team or country. It comes down to the players themselves taking more responsibility for their actions, but more importantly the coaching staff needs to do better.

If Capello does not breed a sense of order and discipline into his squad, then they will never learn to represent themselves and country in an honorable way.  And if the players don’t learn to treat international duty as a privilege rather than entitlement, then this group of players will never come together as a team and succeed. You want to be in the headlines for winning, not this.

For England’s sake, I hope Joe Hart is better in goal than he is dancing. See below for Mr. Hart’s latest antics.

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