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World Cup Football 2010, England's crushing 4-1 defeat to Germany, What now for England?

Updated on January 5, 2013

After all the hype English fans and viewers believed that the 2010 English World Cup squad was the dream team. When all is said and done the press had continued to call them the golden generation.

It would seem though that, just like a film that you watch which has been over-hyped disappoints, such was the case with our football team.

A 4-1 defeat to Germany was a harsh reality check. Having lost by such a score the debate about what went wrong will go on and on. This will be one case when that English saying "least said soonest mended" will not apply.

With that in mind here is my two-penneth.

A bird's eye view of the action
A bird's eye view of the action

Sunday 27th June 2010 was a perfect football watching day in the UK. The weather was glorious and hopes were high. Many people went to the pub or outside venues to watch the big match on an even bigger screen. Those that watched at home enjoyed a bevy or two and perhaps a barbecue. Most English people remained realistic though. The result was far from certain but with a little luck perhaps we could pull off a win.

Just maybe........

England conceded a couple of goals in the first half. The goalie played well but the England defence was simply inadequate. The fleet footed young German team seemed to run rings around them.

Once a team is behind it is hard for them to catch up. Being two goals down seemed like a large hill to climb. England though rose to the challenge and pulled a goal out of the bag. Upson's header into the goal mouth gave us all hope.

As is so often the case our luck ran into trouble. An England goal into the German net was disallowed. The referee insisted it was no goal but as the re-runs showed the ball clearly went into the goal.

Half-time followed and all the old "we were robbed" sayings and feelings began to rise.

Despite what will have been an attempt to lift England's spirits in the half time break all seemed to be lost.

A corner at the German goal ended up at the opposite end of the field and in the England goal before you could say "Jack Robinson" or perhaps " bl**dy hell". A fabulous goal kick from the German goal keeper saw the ball quickly at the opposite end of the pitch. It was hastily picked up and slammed into the England goal. The hill to climb had become a mountain.

As a woman I have to admit that the off side rule is pretty much a mystery to me. Hubby has explained it to me 100s of times but it remains a vague idea. However, even I thought that this goal should have been disallowed as a player seemed to be off side. The commentator though clarified that point by saying that because it was a kick from the German goal keeper, this could not be off side.

So a crushing defeat of 4-1 for England was the outcome.

This is one of our worst score lines in such a competition. Where did it all go wrong then and where do we, that is England, go from here?

The disallowed goal.

This could have played a part in the team losing heart. However, as very well paid International football players, this should not have been the case. They need to be able to press on no matter what.

Suffice to say this has raised the issue of using technology and not just the referee's vision for such disputes.

The team.

One the night the England team were just not the best football players on the field. The German team were. Our performance was strange though. As the team has players who play for top teams, many of whom have won international competitions, what went wrong?

I guess they are used to playing with their own team players and managers, and do not spend enough time training together as the England Squad.

It must also be noted that David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand were injured and unable to play. However a great team should be full of great players. So much so that the odd injury does not rock the boat too much.

Foreign players who play for England

Readers paraglider and premierkj reminded me of this. How I forgot to initially include this point I do not know. Hubby has mentioned it over and over again.

Most of the top football clubs in England have a core of players who are not English. In the last few years more and more of the successful English clubs have invested time and money on such foreign players. This means that when the football association is deciding who to select to play for England there is little choice. Our best league players are back in their respective home lands playing for their own national team.

The coach-Fabio Capello.

Of course there have been many calls for Fabio to go. Whether he goes or stays his financial future is secure for the short term. He signed a new contract before the World Cup and if he resigns or is forced to go it will cost us, England, 12 million pounds.

Many people have been saying that we need a coach who is English. The idea behind this is that an English person would be prepared to go the extra mile for England and really care whether we win or lose. I am not sure about this. I remember the days of Graham Taylor and the likes, and the England squad were no better then. Bobby Robson at the end of his time as England manager was applauded and admired but this was not always the case. After one crushing defeat there was a general demand for him to go.

Sven Goran Erickson became England coach a few years ago in an attempt to make England's footballers more international players. It was accepted that our defeats were because we played in an old fashioned and predictable way and needed to play in a more international, continental style. Sven was thought to be too soft in the end to be England coach and he was sent packing. Fabio was to be the best of everything. He was to supply all that Sven did but with a firmer hand. There was to be no doubt that he was the boss.

Recent reports have almost claimed that some England team members were so pi**ed off with Fabio that they did not play their best. If this is the case they did not let him down but the nation and themselves. I find this hard to believe though. However, it leaves me wondering what sort of manager do they want and what type will bring success?

Final thoughts.

Overall of course it is about the players. They either play well and come up with the goods or they do not. Sometimes they fight hard but still lose. In many ways the team did initially seem to give it their best shot. If you do this and lose, well that is life. However, toward the end chaos seemed to ensue.

The next World Cup is 2014. Wayne Rooney will still be young enough to play but who else I do not know. It is interesting to note that most of the England squad come from the Manchester, Liverpool or London teams.

What about other players across the country?

Perhaps we should be looking with a more serious eye across England in order to find the best and keenest players available. These will usually be hungry for success. Maybe those from well established teams no longer have a will to WIN, that is strong enough.


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yer perhaps this defeat will inspire them to make the necessary changes

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      Simon Cook 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Well - after the game I found myself wondering 'what could have been' - the disallowed goal probably would have changed the game and I think England were on top at the time - so they could have gone on to win this game - however, it would probably have been a bad thing for England - they probably would have got to the SF and then it would have been a very successful tournament and nothing would have changed! Now - even though 4-1 was a little harsh, it did show how poor the defense was, and also showed the age of the team - a younger side would not have been caught on the break like that - so the upside to it all is that England should bring in youth - they actually have an excellent youth team!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beckham in a zimmer frame now that's a thought. I was puzzled about Crouch and Lennon. It would seem that now the Germans are the team to beat.

      Thanks for stopping by Mick.

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      8 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Watcha Ethel,

      the England team was rubbish, Capello was rubbish. Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, and Terry were all a let down, useless from the start, a waste of space; Beckham in a Zimmer frame could have done better than the four of them together. And what was Capello doing with Crouch, Lennon, Dawson et al. they were just being ignored?

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I agree about being paid less. However now we are out I am rooting for Germany. We Brits you know have never forgiven the hand of God incident with Maradonna

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      I'm sorry about England, Ethel, maybe if they were paid less, they would play with more passion :), Germany looks good, but sorry for Argentinian fans, they are so cool

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      Gloria Siess 

      8 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Well written Hub-check out my Hub on King CharlesI and his execution in Stuart England--a favorite topic of mine.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Billy I so agree. Spoilt prima donnas I guess.

      Thanks for the support prasieto

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      But I think we all agree with me that England have to learn from the last match. Practice and practice for better future. Actually England also my favorite team. But destiny send their back to home. I hope the best for England. YES, YOU CAN!!!!


    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Interesting comments - sorry they won but I think they need to take a leaf out of your Rugby Team when they won the world Cup, or the cricket team when they won the Ashes and 20-20 world Cup - get some passion and grow up!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull


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      M.s Fowler 

      8 years ago from United states

      awesome hub!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I think that is so true. Just klike a overhyped film. Hubby and I keep changing whowe are following as they all go home :( If it is an Arentinian v German final we will be rooting for Germany. As you say they have proved their worth.

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      Donnacha C 

      8 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      Ethel, I`m afraid Portugal is out now! I was very impressed with young Germany, so creative, so passionate...the exact opposite of the English.... they too lost their captain before the WC, but Ballack was replaced by the talismanic Lahm who didn`t fail to impress and is mature beyond his 26 years.... Gerrard failed to become the leader everyone wanted him to be... and the list can go on.....

      I blame the media though...I think the English public had a fairly realistic idea as what to expect but the media (Sky, BBC, all the papers) created such a hype that falling hard was unavoidable....

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Premier yes I should have remembered about the foreign players. Heaven only knows Hubby spouts it enough :) I too think we should go back to the drawing board.

      Habee no probs. We will survive :)

      HH well it is congratulations to you my buddy. Hope you and son did not have too much of a falling out on Sunday.

    • premierkj profile image


      8 years ago from Republic of Ireland

      The blame lies at the doors of the big clubs in England. For example the last time that the 'big four' clubs brought through English youth players was a long time ago (We are talking Beckham, Gerrard, Terry and Cole who are all approaching 30 and beyond). Their academies are full of foreign talent, ie the enemy are being given the best coaching facilities in England and are being coached to play a winning brand of football. The young English talent are learning their trade at middle tire clubs like Everton and Aston Villa where they learn to play the game to the benefit of those clubs. They learn to play fast ferocious football, containing football and are not encouraged to be creative. This the the core problem. Spain had a similar problem a long time ago until they drew up plans to reform. Now they are churning out great attacking talent by the bucket load. Whether the economic focus of the Premier League will allow a similar reform, I'm not sure but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Eth, I'm sorry your team lost. :(

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I hate to comment, I really do because I know all your hearts are bleeding and only rightly so. That is the reason I won't write a hub about my civil war. It isn't right. I am sorry, ethel, for your country to loose.

      My son said the same thing as Paraglider.

      I think England lost or started to loose in the second match where they almost couldn't care less. If they won there they wouldn't have to face Germany. The other blame I lay on John Terry for stirring up trouble and because the team didn't back him, him went to the press. I mean before such a vital game to trying to undermind the manager. He is livied because he lost the captainsy and he thought he could have one back on Capello. That guy needs to be lynched for doing a thing like that before any game. Even if weren't the German team but it was so vital because it was a knockout game. Also in the game he was useless. It was such a shame that Ferdinant was insured. He is worth ten Terry.

      Regarding the manager being English they also had McClaren and he wasn't good enough. So what do they want? As a reporter said and I think he is right. They found it too hard and would have to make an effort there. They couldn't wait to get back to their Lamborghini, their clubs were they are adored because the foreign players cover up and their boosing. They get paid anyway sooo.

      They hyped the fans up so they would be there. That reporter also said that three or four players were defying Capello and the real decent players couldn't cover that much. He also said that Terry is the darling of Ambromowic and can't do wrong but the problem is that Ambromic can't by FA. It tells everything what really goes on.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Fraid so Tony. Thanks for the visit

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      It was a shocker, indeed! I am not a big soccer fan but I was sad to England knocked out like that. Fifa also need to wake up and smell the coffee - there is a lot of technology available that could have helped with that very bad decision. But that might not, in the end, have helped England all that much. Germany was simply the better team, no doubt about that!

      Love and peace


    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      That is a point I forgot paraglider. Yes teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea have few English players. I agree that with big money and celebrity status the real game has been forgotten.

      I am rooting for Portugal, assuming that they are still in :) Good luck to you though and Scotland next time, maybe.

    • Paraglider profile image

      Dave McClure 

      8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Hi Ethel - I'm Scottish, not English, but if I'm allowed to comment (!) I'd say that England are kidding themselves about their place in the football world. The Premiership is the world's top league, but it's not English. Man U or Chelsea could beat England any day of the week. English football is dominated by foreign players. Who is nurturing native talent? It's all about big money, and big money has no loyalty to country.

      I'm with Argentina to win this one now!


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