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    Bentley was crap against Switzerland until he moved inside after SWP came on. Before that he spent most of the game struggling to beat his man and looking generally ineffective.
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    Watch it again and you'll see.
    He did nothing of note in the first half, then midway through the second Jenas was replaced by SWP, who went onto the right, with Bentley coming inside to take up Jenas' place in the centre. From that point on he looked dangerous and made a number of excellent passes.

    Bentley doesn't have the pace or skill to beat top-quality full-backs, and the fact he hits in about 30 crosses a game isn't really going to help if the only man up front is Wayne Rooney, who's hardly noted for his aerial ability.
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    Cant blame him for being 'crap' if his skills arent being utilised within the rest of the team?
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    his own performance on the wing WAS crap though!
    i honestly don't understand how no-one else could see it!
    the comment about Rooney was a side-issue, he didn't even get any decent crosses in when he was on the wing, and it's supposed to be his best attribute.

    His crossing ability is even overrated anyway, he's hit more crosses in the PL than anyone else (355) and only has 8 assists! I just don't see him as a top class winger, even his most impressive performances for Blackburn have come when he's played in the hole, IMO.
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    Oh i didnt watch the match, didnt have sky sports at my aunts :p:
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    Big news today, kids. The FA's review following the failure to qualify for Euro 2008 has come out today. Lots of talking point, and the BBC have opted to highlight the ambitious target set for Fabio Capello and the England team.

    FA sets England semi-final target

    The Football Association has set England coach Fabio Capello the target of reaching at least the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup or Euro 2012.

    It is one of a series of ambitious aims set out by the FA in an extensive review published on Tuesday.

    The governing body also plans to appoint an international performance director and has given the go-ahead to the National Football Centre.

    The project at Burton will be up and running by 2010.

    The review - which is believed to be the most extensive ever carried out by the FA - was ordered following England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

    Capello was appointed in the wake of that, and has only been at the helm for two matches, but the FA's "Vision 2008-2012" makes it clear what is now expected of him.

    The same expectations have been laid out for England's women's team, managed by Hope Powell.

    England's men last reached a major semi-final at Euro 1996 when Terry Venables' side lost to Germany on penalties. Capello must now at least match that achievement either in South Africa in 2010 or at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

    But chief executive Brian Barwick insisted the FA is not asking too much of Capello and said the Vision document, which is subtitled "a world-class organisation with a winning mentality", was inspired by the new England coach.

    Barwick told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Fabio Capello is a winner by his nature and wouldn't recognise targets other than those that reflect winning.

    "That's the nature of the guy and that's the confidence we have in him. The phrase 'winning mentality' hasn't come from (chairman) Lord Triesman or Brian Barwick, it's come from Fabio Capello. It's a phrase he uses a lot."

    However, the FA's consultation notes Capello's task is not helped by England producing "insufficient high-quality players to represent the England national teams and insufficient quality coaches".

    To this end - and after years of delay - the National Football Centre at Burton has finally been approved and will be up and running by 2010.

    According to the report, the centre will act as a "preparation base for all the international representative teams and a hub from where best practice can be shared".

    Barwick added: "The plans for the NFC had come to a grinding halt when I joined - not least because of Wembley Stadium.

    "It was a case of 'let's get one built, finished, and operational" and now it's time to turn to the NFC. We want it opened and we want it to be at Burton and I expect that to be 100% clarified by the board in June."

    The new performance director will oversee all the national teams below the senior men's side. Capello said he welcomed the idea.

    "It will be very important to make improvements, to bring new ideas in," he told BBC 5 Live.

    "It's not just about helping me or anyone specifically, it's to help everyone achieve better results by bringing new ideas from throughout the football and sports world."

    Among the FA's other 'Major Milestones' are:

    Successfully bid to host the 2018 World Cup

    - Wembley achieving an annual operating profit by 2012

    - The FA's move to Wembley completed by 2010

    - RESPECT campaign improves overall disciplinary performance by 25% by 2012

    - Commercial/broadcast revenues increased by a substantial amount at the next review date in 2011

    - One million 5-11-year-olds trained through FA Tesco Skills Programme by 2010

    - 125,000 existing teams retained and 20,500 new teams created by 2012

    - 26,000 referees retained and an additional 8,000 referees recruited by 2012
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    It's pointless to have targets for a guy like Capello. It's a bit disrespectful tbh. Naturally he'll try and win every game he plays in, and the FA setting a minimum performance target is like Nike telling Tiger Woods that he must make the cut at the Masters.
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    Yeah, I'm quite disgusted at the stupidity displayed by giving Capello and the team any target at all, let alone demanding a semi-final finish in two tournaments for which we haven't yet qualified, demanding that we finish top four in either the continent or the world. Crazy.
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    the fa need to take a look at themselves first. idiots.

    and about bentley...put yourself in his shoes...he is dribbling...thinking of getting to the byline and whipping it in, but for who? rooney?

    without a target in your head, everything can get a little distorted.

    at least joe cole can cut in from the left wing and shoot

    what is he meant to do!!!
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    LOL @ Targets wtf
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    Unless there's a huge, huge improvement, there's no way England will reach the semis for any International competition any time soon.
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    Suppose it's just the FA making out they're doing something after making bad decisions after bad decisions.
    Anyone with their head screwed on knows England should do well, but it doesn't work like that now does it. Although that said at least i'm a tiny bit more optimistic than if such a targets report had been released 12 months ago.
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    I reckon these targets would have been discussed with Capello anyway when he was being appointed; just that they're being made public now.
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    (Original post by Throwback)
    I reckon these targets would have been discussed with Capello anyway when he was being appointed; just that they're being made public now.
    Which is a bad idea, as now the media/public will be able to use the word 'failure' AND be technically correct! (Unless, of course, we make it to the semi-finals).
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    Initial squad:

    Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Man City), Chris Kirkland (Wigan).


    Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Man Utd), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Blackburn), David Wheater (Middlesbrough), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham).


    Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), David Bentley (Blackburn), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Owen Hargreaves (Man Utd), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea)


    Forwards: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Dean Ashton (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).

    Surprised Carrick isn't in again. Our best midfielder since Christmas yet Huddlestone makes it ahead of him.
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    Wow... im surprised with no Carrick tbh
    I was expecting a;



    Defoe
    J.Cole Gerrard Bentley
    Carrick Hargreaves


    Type of thing.. so we'd be good in possession in the midfield
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    I want to see a proper 442 with Rooney + proper strike partner, Gerrard + Hargreaves holding and two wingers.
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    It'd be nice to see Walcott being given a chance. He is playing really well at the moment.
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    Who we playing?
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    USA first, Trinidad and Tobago second.
 
 
 
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