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RTE Analysis of England v Slovenia Calls 3 Lions Performance Shocking

Irish broadcasting company RTE delivered heavy criticism against the performance of the England side against Slovenia Wednesday night.

In the analysis (see above video), pundits Eamon Dunphy, Johnny Giles and Ronnie Whelan were very critical regarding the England team’s performance especially in the second half.

Dunphy, who is well known for his razor-sharp criticism, said that England’s performance was “absolutely incredibly bad.” He added later that it was “awful stuff” from the key England performers. Whelan and Giles joined in the criticism and gave an interesting perspective on the 90 minutes of action against Slovenia.

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14 Responses to RTE Analysis of England v Slovenia Calls 3 Lions Performance Shocking

  1. dontcallmepaddy says:

    Here’s the RTE/BBC mash-up:

    Hansen: “Once England got the goal the confidence levels surged, they were excellent.”
    Eamon Dunphy: “They just didn’t grow in confidence at all after the goal.”
    Lineker: “The goal really settled them, didn’t it? They pushed on from there.”
    Ronnie Whelan: “You’d think they’d have kicked on from when they scored, but they actually got worse.”
    Roy Hodgson: “England’s crossing has been absolutely outstanding.”
    Giles: “Some of the crossing was just awful.”
    Shearer: “Rooney looks more confident, he’s getting around the pitch a lot better.”
    Dunphy: “It’s shocking to see Rooney so subdued, he’s been reduced to a shivering wreck.”
    Shearer: “They look much more comfortable on the ball, they’re passing it with a purpose, with pace, they’re closing down – a much better performance, it’s encouraging.”
    Giles: “They’re much better than they have been, but they couldn’t have been worse.”
    No arguments, then. Second half. England held on. Full-time. Ready?
    Lee Dixon: “A great performance.”
    Dunphy: “Shocking . . . absolutely incredibly bad . . . pretty awful stuff.”
    Hansen: “The commitment was there, the spirit was there, the enterprise was there, the creativity was there, they passed it better – they could have scored five or six quite easily. Capello will obviously be delighted with the performance.”
    Giles: “If that’s the shackles off what’ll they be like when the shackles are back on?”
    ’Arry Redknapp: “We played with pace, we got after them, we pressed them, there wasn’t a weakness in the team.”
    Dunphy: “They were astonishingly poor.”
    Lineker: “He looked more like the Rooney we know.”
    Ronnie: “Rooney is a major worry, his form, his body language, his demeanour, everything.”
    Dixon: “Gerrard was outstanding.”
    Dunphy: “I can’t believe how bad Gerrard was today.”
    ’Arry: “Across midfield we were top drawer.”
    Giles: “Barry got worse as the game went on, Milner, Gerrard and Lampard the same.”
    ’Arry: “Bring it on! Whoever we play we’ll be difficult to beat.”
    Ronnie: “If they don’t improve they’ll go straight out, it was a very, very inept performance.”
    The consensus ended, though, when Capello appeared on our screens for a chat with Gabby Logan.
    The BBC was euphoric about Fabio’s euphoria, but Giles reckoned he was just spoofin’. “It wasn’t exactly the most probing interview,” said Darragh Moloney. “Well she seems a very attractive girl – maybe that’s why she’s doing the interview, she was doing a good bit of creeping there,” said Gilesie. Next time he meets his former Leeds team-mate Terry Yorath – that’d be Gabby’s Da – he should bring a gumshield.

  2. Simon Burke says:

    We have been debating this on Facebook all day. General consensus is RTE were spot on in attacking BBC who based their entire pre-mach analysis ona formation that was never used (Only Roy Hodgson who has been a Godsend went against the BBC grain). However to say England were shocking is just wrong.
    Dunphy is a hateful worm at the best of times but I cant fathom this reporting. England were not Brazil 1970 by any means but they were good and created a lot of chances before fading towards the end. Slovenia were restricted to long range shots and only in the last 10 minutes really got at England who were forced into last ditch blocks. England had 1 ruled out unfairly, hit the post, Defoe missed a sitter, forced saves etc.. I think RTE had their own agenda and clearly slagging everyone off generates more interest. English people will tell you when England are crap and need no encouragement to do it but everyone here today has been pleased.

  3. Who cares?

    Gaffer these posts are becoming old, the group is over and no matter how good or bad a team was means nothing now. The teams in the last 16 all start at nil – nil and how many points a team got or how well they played during the group stage will not make any difference to who goes through out of the last 16 matches.

    Stop trying to get people arguing about shit that doesn’t matter anymore and focus on the group of 16.

    • Phenoum says:

      Uh oh – Rakeback’s back with some more whining about the world pointing out how crap England have been in this WC. Truth hurts?

      Here’s an idea Poker, if you see a title pointing out your beloved England’s poor form, DONT READ IT!

  4. Nikolai Vasiliev says:

    Poker… it’s news–it’s being discussed, hence it is worthy of conversation. I don’t care for every story I hear in the media either–therefore I turn off the television or close out the browser window in those circumstance.

    If you do not like what you read or watch, turn it off or don’t read. If you do, then by all means enjoy it.

    I for one enjoy seeing things like this posted. For better or worse, it’s newsworthy, hence the reason why I have not “turned it off”. Just my 2 pence.

  5. James Dean says:

    Yes, let’s start discussing the knockout matches. They are more pertinent than discussing the group stage matches. History tells us that the group stage performances don’t matter much. It’s all about the matchups.

  6. Matt says:

    “The referee was trying his hardest to help the USA…allegedly.”

    Can someone please tell him to stop watching the Algeria ENGLAND replay. Because the Yanks just had a legitimate goal disallowed…AGAIN!

  7. Lyle says:

    Carlos Alberto thinks England is disgustingly awful as well.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/world-cup-2010/video/0,27151,17462_6226001,00.html

    (very disappointing, expects more, play poor game, not improving)

    I couldn’t agree more with these Irishmen. England isn’t playing well and getting out of the group means jack all about how they’re playing. It just means they were better than Slovenia and Algeria. Yes, epic.

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    There’s only one Thiery Henry, one Thiery Henry. Walking along, singing a song. Walking in a Henry wonderland.

    • McBride says:

      “There’s only one Thiery Henry, one Thiery Henry. Walking along, singing a song. Walking in a Henry wonderland.”

      Major League Soccer players don’t traditionally play well at the World Cup.

  9. McBride says:

    So Dunphy thinks it was officiating which got the US through against Algeria?

    I guess he means other than disallowing a good goal and letting Dempsey get punched in the face without so much as a whistle.

  10. amorto says:

    This is what I expect from Dunphy, but he’s right here and Johnny Giles agrees with him. The BBC pundits should be aware that they are taken seriously by many and telling everyone that England were good when they weren’t only raises the pressure the squad must be feeling.

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