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Ripper

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Englands Failure at the World Cup.

http://xtramsn.co.nz/rugby/0,,12441-6047751,00.html

In other words, everything that has been said before... But said by the Greatest Rugby and Soccer Coach in the World
15/07/2006ReutersRugby World Cup winner Sir Clive Woodward says England were ill prepared for the soccer World Cup and will not win the trophy until the Football Association undergoes radical changes.

"Our overall performance was so abject that it merely proved that English international football needs to be modernised and reinvented from top to bottom if we're ever going to win another trophy," former England rugby coach Woodward said.

"The FA need to take a long hard look at themselves. Do they even know what has to be done? There's massive scope for change and the time is now," he told FourFourTwo magazine.

"To lose in the manner we did is unforgivable and cannot be allowed to continue if we're serious about ever winning a major tournament," said Woodward, who led England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

England travelled to the World Cup in Germany as one of the favourites to win the trophy for the first time since 1966. They reached the quarter-finals in unconvincing fashion before losing to Portugal on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra time.

Poor Penalties

"Look at every single thing that went wrong," said Woodward listing poor penalty kicks, Wayne Rooney's red card in the quarter-final, underperforming leading players and the inclusion in the squad of untested teenager Theo Walcott.

"Each was caused by a fundamental lack of preparation," former rugby international Woodward, now second division Southampton's director of football, told the latest issue of the specialist monthly magazine.

"The chances of winning a World Cup without coming through a shootout are small so to not prepare adequately is both criminal and amateur.

"Man for man, we had better players than Portugal, better perhaps than any of the semifinalists. We failed because the team was not properly prepared," he said.

The other semifinalists were hosts Germany, France and Italy, who beat the French on penalties in the final in Berlin on Sunday.

England returned home unbeaten but were unimpressive in an easy group in which they struggled to beat Paraguay and Trinidad & Tobago and were held 2-2 by Sweden and then only managed a scrappy 1-0 win over Ecuador in the second round.

Woodward is being sounded out about a return to the 15-man game as director of rugby for the English set-up at Twickenham as they defend the World Cup next year in France.[/b]

I'm bored and just wanted to post in here.
 
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Dr. Fantomas Jr.

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Funny that the guy who led the 2005 Lions tour is harping about a lack of preparation... and stars underpreforming... and...a f*** it, do I really need to go on?
 
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Bullitt

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In fairness though, the Lions still were better preperation than the England footy World cup side did. It shows how much of a cock up Sven really made.

But, he knows f*** all about footy, so SCW really should keep stchum.
 
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sanzar

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Originally posted by Teh Mite@Jul 15 2006, 08:01 PM
In fairness though, the Lions still were better preperation than the England footy World cup side did. It shows how much of a cock up Sven really made.

But, he knows f*** all about footy, so SCW really should keep stchum.
I thought soccer was CW's first game?
 
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Bullitt

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Nah, he knows f*** all about soccer.

Doesn't know much about Football either. Hense why Southampton aree using all his knowlege to the fullest extent...
 
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sanzar

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Originally posted by Teh Mite@Jul 15 2006, 11:48 PM
Nah, he knows f*** all about soccer.

Doesn't know much about Football either. Hense why Southampton aree using all his knowlege to the fullest extent...
I'm an Aussie mate, so I've never known it as 'football', too many footy codes here to give it that honor (especially considering it'd been nothing but an immigrant sport untill about 2 years ago).

But Clive has been pretty useless at South Hampton has he? Well he was only ever a good manager in rugby, not a coach.
 
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Bullitt

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'Soccer' comes from an abrevearion of "Assocation Football", where the lazy lowlifes thought giving the game a nickname would be cool. They didn't last long.

Anyway, the Saints aren't in the top flight any more, so he's obviously getting somthing wrong!
 
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