Daniel Taylor, despite observing that Gareth Bale made an absolute mockery of Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford today, still thinks Ferdinand should be back in the England squad now that John Terry has retired instead of face the FA’s decision on his racial abuse of Ferdinand’s brother Anton.
He has the exact same lack of pace as Terry and is on the treatment table much more. It is quite possibly one of the most galling displays of hackery by Taylor because one of the commenters pointed out that Taylor pretty much laid out the reasons why Ferdinand shouldn’t be an England international a year ago — most coming from the mouth of Lord Ferg.
”The only way Pirlo’s penalty could have been better is if he’d had a cigarette in his mouth while taking it.”
Goddamn Andrea Pirlo, what a fucking cheeky genius bastard. Football will be worse off when he retires. May he have at least two more years in Serie A and a spot on Italy’s squad should they qualify for Brazil in 2014.
As for England: that Montolivo miss made it worse because it gave England hope. It’s not the despair that kills, it’s the hope.
The England squad for Euro ‘12 was named today. Here is the list.
Terry picked & Ferdinand out (I would have taken Jagielka and told both Terry and Ferdinand to sit at home). Glen Johnson but no Micah Richards. Stewart Downing, flop of the season in Liverpool. Another attempt to shoe-horn both Lampard and Gerrard in midfield. James Milner as impact sub. Jermain Defoe gets a spot why? How is Jordan Henderson even a stand-by? Why can’t Grant Holt get a sniff instead of Defoe?
This selection really does stink. Trouble is, I don’t know if Hodgson could have picked any better. But this is most of the same squad England takes to every tournament when it needs to do something different.