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  1. I think as with all discussions about the England national team you need to be clear with what you mean about 'England'; a lot of the obsession you mention comes from the media, whereas the fans really couldn't give a shit. Why do the English media fixate over the captain? No idea, probably the same reason they insist Gareth Bale is moving to Man Utd every five minutes. Look at about 10 years ago when England had a relatively stable line-up, if they had been successful I doubt anyone would have given a shit if Terry, Ferdinand, Cole, Lampard, Gerrard or David fucking James had been the captain, whether they rotated it every match, gave it to the player with the most caps or drew names out of a hat.
  2. There needs to be someone to instill that THREE LIONS SPIRIT, the PASSION and DETERMINATION that are the only things standing between England ans world domination. Remember that time terry Butcher got his head cut and had to wear that bandage? THAT'S WHAT WE NEED. Seriously though TheGayTent is right in echoing what Southgate said, the captain's importance is diminished if the team is full of experienced players able to take control of a match, bring calm and focus to those around them or bring young players along. I don't think the England team has that now, there isn't even a settled starting eleven able to give the stability for those kinds of characters to come to the fore. The lack of experience, stability and natural leaders in the team might explain the obsession with the role. Or it just could be because Rooney is the current captain. Take him out of the equation and with no natural successor I think you'll find fewer people care.
  3. You were probably right to be laughed at, but you have a good point - until very recently (and I wouldn't even say we're currently overflowing with talent) there hasn't been a great deal of competition up front, especially as a single point in a front three.
  4. I feel a bit sorry for him really (although I'm sure his £82 million a week will console him), unless he's held a gun to several manager's heads and forced them to select him it's hardly his fault. So he may have tried to convince them that he can play in a different position just to keep getting a game, is that surprising? I blame the weak managers who have continued to select him rather than standing up to the reality of what he can actually do, or the club executives that have insisted their highest-profile payer continue to play to help exposure in foreign markets. It seems a shame that such vitriolic assessments of his current form and distasteful celebration of his demise will overshadow what an excellent footballer he was for the first 10 years of his career.
  5. They've always been big enough, just depends whether FR can make the link between who they (and their new stuff) appeal to and who they see as the standard R&L crowd. If they think the album will be popular enough in the indie rock spectrum and will get decent airplay on Radio One and XFM I'm sure they'll be a very viable possibility. They were nowhere near as bad as the Chillis so I imagine enough water has passed under the bridge to re-book them without much backlash.
  6. I imagine anyone with a basic understanding of the role of a football manager shares that opinion. Sad thing is that Robbie Savage and his band of merry idiots that are banging the "Get Giggsy A Job" drum are so stupid in their crusade that he's looking even worse by association. F365 did a great job taking apart Savage's latest column and exposing the hypocrisy of Bob Bradley apparently blocking the path for young British managers working their way through the leagues (like Gary Rowett), whereas of course an ex-pro with fuck all experience and a sense of entitlement walking straight into a Premier League job wouldn't be doing that at all. The irony of Tim Sherwood complaining that young unqualified British managers aren't being given enough opportunities when his own over-promotion and subsequent failings are partly responsible for the situation is completely lost on them.
  7. You know it's going to happen.
  8. More likely to see NMH playing third.
  9. I'm sure Ryan Giggs will overtake him at some point if Robbie Savage and Danny Mills have their way.
  10. Not at all
  11. Absolutely right, although I doubt anything will get cleaned up for good. They caught a big fish in Allardyce but when you read into it it's not clear exactly what he did (or claimed to be able to do) wrong and how he supposedly did it. Have they got anything other than him mouthing off after a few wines at a business lunch? There have been other teasers like eight managers with Premier League experience having taken bungs and one assistant manager having taken a 5 grand sweetener, but if that's the best the investigation got I can't see much happening as a result. It's all very vague, and without more specific details than 'an agent said these managers have taken bungs' nothing will be acted upon.
  12. Shame, the atmosphere looks amazing.
  13. I can't see him leaving Arsenal mid-season, although if Southgate isn't a complete disaster maybe they ask him to carry on until the end of the season (I think it's only one extra game, in March) and persuade Wenger to leave Arsenal when his contract expires.
  14. He's a member of the old boys club so gets a lot of mentions in the media. He won't get it.
  15. He's guilty of nothing more than being an egotistical prick and enjoying the power trip of being involved in dodgy deals, which we all knew anyway. I can believe his story that he attended the meeting to help grease the wheels for his mate to get a deal/job, and seems like his ego took over and he enjoyed impressing the 'businessmen' with his stories. I don't think there's any evidence that he was going to take them up on this offer (he said more than once that he'd have to run it by the powers that be, so sounds like he was already giving himself an out) but instead that he was keeping them hooked so his mate could pick up any crumbs that fell from the table, but the subject matter he covered as well as the personal comments made his position untenable. I hate the prick but have to admit he's been tucked up good and proper, although his stupidity made it easy. The worst thing about this is that we have to revisit the painful discussion of three months ago but now with one fewer underqualified English manger for people to bang their drum about. Be interesting to see what Southgate does, he hasn't impressed with the U-21s and he didn't want the job last time it was available. I fear that he'll just keep the status quo and not be interested in making any important decisions or changes, which means the next poor sod will pick up the Rooney issue. I think Bruce was the only other candidate seriously interviewed/considered last time so I wouldn't be surprised if it was him, which is a depressing thought. Wishful thinking that this might encourage the FA to look abroad again, although isn't the head of the FA different now from when Allardyce was appointed? With Southgate given four games at least they don't have to rush into employing someone like Bruce or Pardew and can take some time to really consider what they're looking for. Bilic or Martinez might be free by then, either would be a hoot.