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Is Owen Out of his mind?!?

Ronaldinho Rulz2010-05-12 08:25:23 +0000 #1

He says "Only Brazil is better than England!" I disagree. I'd love to play England any day ahead of Holland, Argentina, Italy, and Germany, because England's style is unimaginative and something we can easily exploit and take advantage of. I think owen is falling for the bullshit that Eriksson is feeding the media. How can a team that got dominated by Denmark and lose to N Ireland be making claims like this?

Owen: Only Brazil are better than England

Striker Michael Owen believes only Brazil are better equipped than England to lift the World Cup next summer.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side booked their place at the finals with a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday and face Poland on Wednesday needing to win to top their qualifying group.

Looking towards Germany 2006, Owen told The Sun: 'We will go there with a squad that, apart from Brazil maybe, I am sure is not bettered.

'I would not settle for getting knocked out in the last four. The aim is certainly to get as far as the semi-finals - but it wouldn't stop there.'

Meanwhile, Sven-Goran Eriksson declared England possessed 10 of the world's 50 best players as he voiced his undiluted faith in his team's ability to make a big impact at the World Cup finals.

However, if England wish to top their qualifying group on Wednesday night after sealing automatic qualification at the weekend, he must attempt to beat Poland without five of those supposed star names.

Steven Gerrard is ruled out with a shin injury, with Ledley King a possible replacement in the midfield holding role as Owen Hargreaves is already out of the squad.

Sol Campbell, Gary Neville and Ashley Cole are also missing, while David Beckham is suspended after his dismissal against Austria, with Shaun Wright-Phillips set to replace him on the right flank and Michael Owen poised to step in as captain.

In explaining why Owen was preferred to a natural leader like John Terry, Eriksson declared: 'We have at least 10 world star players, top players who could be among the best 50 in the world.

'We also have 13 or 14 who have been - or are - the captain in their club teams. It's really up to them to show leadership, even if they don't have the armband.

'If you think the captain should always be the man talking, I have seen many goalkeepers as the captain and that's a good position when they are defending deep in the box.'

While Paul Robinson and Joe Cole presumably did not appear on Eriksson's makeshift list, which would have included three central defenders in Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Campbell, the Swede's positive attitude could at least not be faulted.

After all, 10 England players made it onto the recent 50-man FifPro shortlist for the players' player of last season, with Cole included and Owen's inconsistent season at Real Madrid costing him a place.

However, only Wayne Rooney, who at least returns against Poland after suspension, would be an automatic choice for most other countries.

And after England's recent displays, hanging on for victory against Austria after Beckham's dismissal followed Frank Lampard's penalty, the greatest question marks remain over their teamwork and lack of strength in depth.

Eriksson nevertheless insists his team took a 'very big step towards getting it 100% again' in the 1-0 weekend win, keeping their shape, playing as a team and showing character.

For all the obvious concerns, they do have good individual ability, a strong squad spirit - with Beckham, Gerrard and Campbell set to be with the squad ahead of Wednesday's game - and experience of major tournaments.

Indeed, Eriksson optimistically believes England are one of 'four or five' leading candidates to win next summer's tournament, along - presumably - with Brazil, Argentina and Holland, as well as possibly Italy or Germany.

He concluded: 'Last season, we played good football more or less all the time. This season, something went wrong and that's our fault.

'We have to put it right. What I talked to the players about at the start of the week, they put right. I am very happy about that. We will be ready at the start of June.'

r0naldo4life2010-05-12 08:36:56 +0000 #2
well they do gave a great team..

but something is definately wrong coz they aint making use of their stars..
Ronaldo152010-05-12 08:43:59 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by r0naldo4life

well they do gave a great team..

but something is definately wrong coz they aint making use of their stars..

They are a good team not great! but I agree with you on they arent making use of their stars.



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