Capello Says It’s Too Hard…

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Football - 2012 UEFA European Championship Qualifying Draw
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No we’re not talking about whom to give the captains armband to, although it must be said that not many remain from the team who are holier than thou, what I am talking about is the draw for the European Championships in 2012. Capello’s reaction and that of the media as well, feel that England has been drawn in probably one of the toughest groups.

In my opinion, Fabio Capello knows this is a relatively easy group (with one game less I might add), but by saying this is a tough group he doesn’t want to sound too arrogant. The teams in Group G are ranked as follows according to Fifa World Rankings:

England – 9th

Switzerland – 18th

Bulgaria – 30th

Montenegro – 72nd

Wales – 76th

With this in mind, can anyone possibly foresee a tough task to top the table for the England team? In no way am I saying the other teams don’t have a chance, they do, but only a set of freak results is going to stop England from topping Group G. By saying the group is too hard, I wonder if the Fabio Capello and England have already set themselves up for a fall should the inevitable happen and they don’t qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.

Another worrying aspect for the England team is that the European Championship could be the last tournament for the likes of Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole etc as it is more than likely they will be too old to make it to the World Cup in 2014. No doubt that the above mentioned are great players in their own right, the worrying thing is with this much talent in the current squad, they are still unable to bring their club form to the international stage, and the barren run of trophyless years continue. The Euro 2012 Finals could be the last opportunity available to some players before they retire from the international stage.

On a positive note, if anything good could come out this, is the fact it may enable other younger players like Ashley Young, James Milner, Glen Johnson, Gabriel Agbonlahor etc to shine without being in the shadow of players like Steven Gerrard, John Terry etc.

One thing is for sure, the new batch of future England stars need to be ready now, if they’re to make any impact on the international stage in the coming tournaments. It would be a shame if England had to take a step backwards, however, it could be one step back and two steps forward, it could be interesting. We shall have to wait and see how the team fare without the current stars.

You can visit www.fifa.com for the world team rankings.

You can visit www.thefa.com for the current England squad.

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