The Aftermath

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 22 November 2007
Despite the lifeline we were thrown by Israel on Saturday, England are deservedly not going to Euro 2008 after a shambolic 3-2 defeat at home to a superior Croatia side.

I didn't watch the game due to work but I've seen what I've needed to see and read what I needed to read and to say I wasn't impressed was an understatement. I couldn't help but laugh at how awful we were yesterday, it was like watching "Mike Bassett: England Manager" all over again.

The FA have wasted no time in getting rid of Steve McClaren and I commend them for that. Why on earth did he pick Scott Carson - a 'keeper with hardly any international experience - over David James who has many caps under his belt?

I'm sure he would have saved Kranjcar's hopeful attempt at goal (I was half-correct with my prediction that he'd score because of a goalie blunder!) Carson then got rounded for the second and got away with other errors, despite making a great save too.

That sums Carson up for me, he makes saves no ordinary goalkeeper would but then doesn't save the ones he should (remember LuaLua's soft goal at Charlton?). McClaren's sacking probably spells the end of David James' international career and I think that Robert Green should be given a go in goal whilst Ben Foster will be England's number one in a few years.

Sol Campbell's international career has probably come to an end too. That could be a good thing for us as he will be 100% committed and focused on Pompey and this is better for people like me who put their club before country.

With that in mind, the last thing I'd want to see is Harry Redknapp unveiled as the new England manager. Some fans have been calling for him because of what he's done for Pompey and because he's English. I personally think that he wouldn't be good enough to win a trophy with England, partially because there is no transfer market in the international game.

Fabio Cappello has also been linked to the job and although his sides are boring, he's a winner. (He got sacked by Real Madrid despite delivering their first La Liga title in years.)

My personal choice would be Jose Mourinho as we need someone with character and an ego to get the "superstars" like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole back to their best.

I could go on and on about the state of our national side and what needs to be done to change it, but then I'd be here forever. The bottom line is that we had the best squad in the group and we have failed to qualify.

So now the dust has settled and we're the laughing stock of Europe. Scotland and Northern Ireland can come out this campaign with their heads held extremely high after almost qualifying in very tough groups. If they were in our qualifying group, I think they'd have made it to Euro 2008.

Still, it's back to domestics now and Pompey fans can look forward to getting behind a winning side again!

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