Originally Posted by raging
I know it is fashionable to blame the manager in English football(& probably most countries) but the players got the manager they deserved!
Put another way, England don't have the players to play possession football,
England played the only way they knew how & nearly stole the game from Italy on penalties.
I haven't seen or heard of an English team who have played outright possession football. Maybe in 1966 but even then possession was pretty even, I think?
Hodgson shouldn't be flogged for getting the most out of what he was given.
I think you should be glad he managed to get the team working together, this was one of the most professional tournament teams to represent England for quite a while.
Good luck finding the players to play possession football, it might take 10 years.
It has taken Germany 12! (they started in 2000)
Like Breaker, I don't agree re the possession point, though there's a few aspects to this topic, and it wasn't my major contention that England should be playing a Spanish-style maximum possession game.
I am indeed glad he has raised the heart, unity and I think organization too. But for some of the reasons mentioned in previous post, I simply suspect Hodgson isn't the right man to oversee what is surely required here - ie, something of a revolution.
You heard Madrid are thinking of offering £30 Million and Sahin for Modric? I hope you bite their hands off! Sahin is a great deep lying playmaker, but you can get a top striker in aswell. That would certainly strengthen Tottenham, if you could sort out Vertonghen in the end and get Sigurdsson, Spurs would be in great shape.
Fena - Yes, at last Spurs seem to be getting somewhat more active, and this Sahin for Modric + 30M could be great for us. Sigurdsson I like a lot and see him as a good VdV replacement. The Vertonghen saga is trying my patience to breaking point. We dedperatey need him IMO. And I expect AVB to bring in a few more ppl in the next couple of weeks, including (hopefully) the likes of Mutinho, Hulk, D'Oliveira, etc!