The German goal showed a clear weakness in the heart of England’s defence – we have the answer, we just need to use it!
The England manager shunted the idea that John Terry could return to the fray citing that the players selected are good enough for the World Cup finals.
The experienced manager said, as reported by Sky Sports: 'We’ve moved on from that. John retired, we’ve qualified from our 10 matches with (Gary) Cahill and (Phil) Jagielka. And we’ve seen a very good performance from Chris Smalling tonight.’
The evidence to most supporters contradicts the thoughts of the current England manager, and with such an important tournament on the line, I just don’t see why he would pass up on this opportunity of bringing in the best man for the job.
A look at the German goal last night shows the Arsenal powerhouse Per Mertesacker peeling away from Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and leaving him in no-man’s land before rising above Three England players to net the only goal of the game. It is just not acceptable at international level that simple mistakes, as easy as marking your man and not day-dreaming has ultimately lost England a game. It may only be a friendly now, but the stakes are only going to get higher and higher…
It may be that John Terry won’t play under the same FA that used him as a scapegoat, took away his captaincy and showed absolutely no support to the long-term England stalwart.
But, I believe John Terry is one of the hardest working and honest players in the game. I cannot see him turning down the chance of helping his country in the world cup, when we so desperately need it.
Gary Cahill and John Terry have been superb this season and have been one of the best centre-back pairings in the Premier League, and that would undoubtedly boost England’s chances of any kind of success in Brazil.
If the England manager will not help himself and put the best possible side out for the World Cup finals before it even starts then he really is making a rod for his own back.
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