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England Lose, But More Injury Woe For Gerrard

Wembley Stadium England v France (1-2) Friendly International 17/11/2010 Steven Gerrard (England) goes down injured and has to be substitiuted Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

England’s poor 2010 concluded as they slid to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to France, but the night may be remembered for the “Club v Country” debate returning once again. Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and captain Rio Ferdinand all picked up injuries for the Three Lions, summing up a generally miserable year for the Italian.

But it is the injury to Gerrard which has sparked fury. Liverpool fitness coach Darren Burgess was far from happy with the England manager after he didn’t substitute Gerrard around the hour mark as planned.

On his Twitter account, Burgess said: “Unbelievable from all associated with England and English FA with regard to SGs [Gerrard’s] injury. Completely ignored agreement and past history, Completely amateurish and now we pay for their incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful.”

While the comments were later removed from the Australians account, Capello did admit that he hadn’t stuck to an agreement with Liverpool. He said: “I told Liverpool he would play for an hour if possible. They asked that he can play one hour if it’s possible. They can’t decide how long a player plays with the national team. If it’s possible, he’d have played an hour.

“I understand why they’re upset and I’m also upset. The problem is that, when you play this game on Wednesday after a lot of Premier League, Europa League or Champions League games, it’s possible there might be an injury for a player. The Premier League, every time, is a tough league for the players.”

While Liverpool will quite rightly be disappointed with the injury to their talisman, as Capello suggests, there is very little that can be done to avoid it, especially if England insist on playing meaningless friendly games.

Capello took the opportunity to give the likes of Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Kieran Gibbs a chance, he still won’t have learnt a great deal from the game. You have to feel that a training camp would have surely been gave him an adequate chance to view some potential additions to his squad.

This isn’t going to happen though, especially with the constant need to make the most out of Wembley and pack in as many friendly games as possible to boost revenue. So the unfortunate fact is the long running debate will run on.

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  1. Terry K.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Capello is the biggest horse’s arse there is. Playing anyone, including a goalkeeper, for more than a half in a Friendly is just absurd. England may not have the most talented players in the world but they surely aren’t helped by having Capello as manager. As long as he is manager England will never improve.

  2. Gaz Hunt

    November 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm


  3. Mike

    November 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    This is exactly why people hate international friendlies. Irresponsible to the nth-degree on Capello’s part. Y These games are all about giving the stars a minimal run, and let the new guys play. What better way to evaluate new players than to run them in a friendly, determine how they perform in that environment and evaluate as such. This is just awful.

  4. Dave C

    November 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Two points:
    1) If Gerrard wasn’t fit to last 90 mins, he shouldn’t have played at all. No-one but the manager should be able to pick and choose how long he plays for.

    2) Why do grown-men need to Twitter?

  5. patrick

    November 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    BTW for those that watched… anyone else notice the NFL logos all over the pitch… and the American football end zones by the boxes…
    really bad job of painting over… was like an MLS match.

  6. patrick

    November 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Look, England just don’t have the depth as France. So Gerard plays more. England can moan all they like about results. The reality is they don’t have a very good national team right now. Its not tactics, approach, bling boys or whatever. It is a lack of talent.

    The one new observation or newish… is the new home kit is ugly. Its forced retro… the sort of thing that will be looked back on like we look at the Arsenal kit of the mid 90’s… and that was ugly, even for bucket hat wearing ravers.

    • Chris McQuade

      November 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

      Agreed, though the selection policy is something I would worry about. Why was Walcott prefered to Albrighton, why was Milner prefered to Downing.

      Big name bias. Simple as and no amount of Jay Bothroyd simpathy call ups will change that.

  7. Anthony

    November 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    If there was agreement that Gerard would play 60 minutes then why didn’t Capello stick to the agreement? Besides, this was a meaningless Friendly. Capello needs to be taught a lesson and I hope Liverpool sue him. What a stupid ass Capello is.

  8. coachie ballgames

    November 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm


    • The Gaffer

      November 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

      Liverpool supporter?

      The Gaffer

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