Having returned back to England, probably sooner than they would have liked, what’s the next step for Fabio and his men. However, it seems more than likely that Fabio himself will not be managing England for too much longer.
A lot of questions will be asked of Fabio and the England team on their failings. It would seem strange that during qualifying stages, England were flying high, yet all of a sudden come the World Cup and it all fell apart. Even Fabio in my opinion fell apart, taking injured players and players not on form.
Here we have a manager being paid £6m per year and he still doesn’t know what England’s best formation is. We thought Capello was the man to have the balls to be able to drop star players if it was required, but unfortunately like all previous managers just didn’t dare drop the star players, regardless of how they were playing.
What’s even worse is Fabio’s excuse for their early exit from the World Cup, “the players were really tired”. With the amount of passion shown by the England team, it is more than likely that they were actually tired of being in South Africa.
So what now for England? Well firstly, a new manager, a younger manager, and preferably English would be a good starting point. If this World Cup has proved anything then it is the fact that the English Premiership players are over-hyped and overpaid.
So the next best thing would be to recruit the young English starlets from the lower leagues, who will play out of their skin for the England shirt. They will not care about their image rights etc but more about playing for England.
What’s worrying is that David James, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard will more than likely play no part in the 2014 World Cup.
With all the International games coming up, now is the time to start blooding the youngsters in, just look at Germany, it’s worked wonders for them with their mix of youth and experience. If anything I think England should be preparing for the 2018 World Cup, and getting the team ready for that rather than more false hopes in the 2014 World Cup.
The question that arises is: Does England, in any of the leagues, have the players to replace the above mentioned? Time will tell.