Originally Posted by Mojo Tartarus
That won't work man, you shouldn't pick youth players at the Euro's to play just because you want to create a team for the World Cup. You think it will help you to win the world cup? no chance in hell I'm telling you.
When Van Basten was our manager he tried to do the same, he wanted to build while we were busy qualifying for the World Cup in 2006 while he was aiming for Euro 2008. After surviving the group stage at the world cup we got knocked out by Portugal (fack you THBK
) but in every eyes that wasn't a disaster because Van Basten was aiming for Euro 2008. We went to the Euro's and played beautiful football against Italy (won 3-0) and France (won 4-1). After that we faced Russia and got knocked out (lost 3-1 after ET).
That didn't work out well didn't it?
After Van Basten left Van Marwijk build a team in 2 years who was ready for the word cup 2010. With some luck we reached the finals (where we choke against Spain) but Van Marwijk could build a team in 2 years and didn't need a tournament to build a team.
Now what England has to do is keep a GOOD manager for at least 2 years who build a squad and select the best squad and players who can work together.
Every team goes to the Euro's to win it. We all know that's not realistic for some countries but did we except Greece to win it in 2004? And I'm sure Greece picked their best players...
Scholes is quality and even as a substitute you can play him without risking anything. That he doesn't want to play for England any more is another story...
Oh yeah I try to be the bigger man here and react without cheap shots!
We want the Adult Wade goddammit