March 25th, 2011
England Babies: Ready or Not?
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The dashing of expectation onto the rocks of reality is a pain that England fans have hardened themselves to in recent years. Whether it’s the alleged inability of their players to observe marital propriety or managers’ failure to well… manage; for most of the team’s followers the whole shebang has been nothing less than heartbreaking in recent years.
Last night he poured a large bucket of accelerant onto troubled waters by requesting that Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll be called into his squad for this summer’s U21 European Championship, despite already playing for the seniors.
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Theoretically, this could mean that Wilshire and Carroll represent their country for two consecutive summers; a prospect unlikely to thrill their respective club managers.
Over tequila slammers
this morning last night, we found ourselves idly prodding the notion that this kind of thing could actually be at the root of England’s problems. Unsurprisingly, we failed to come to a substantive conclusion but just know you lot will be dying to have your say.
Do you think that England pull their youngsters into the senior squad to early, thus preventing them from gaining experience in an environment where the weight of expectation isn’t so heavy on their shoulders? Or do you think that the senior call up is an honour earned through merit and if they’re ‘good enough, they’re old enough’.
Give us your thoughts, ladies and gents.