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GNev: England Always Looking For Excuses

Gary Neville has reflected on Wayne Rooney’s red card in England’s Euro 2012 qualifying game against Montenegro on Friday.

Rooney will now miss at least one game in the tournament next summer but Neville reckons the media attention our striker has received since has distracted people from the real issues, such as the fact England just aren’t very good.

“My heart sunk as I watched Wayne Rooney being sent off,” said Neville. “But not for the same reason as most people watching the game, who will be talking about how he never learns and how he lets everyone down. The most disappointing thing about his red card is that it distracts from the major issue. With England, we’re always looking for an excuse; we’re always caught up in the minor rather than the major. The real issue is that the spine of the team is not good enough, as it stands, to take on Spain, Italy, France or Germany at Euro 2012. When I look at it coldly, a team that has John Terry, Gary Cahill, Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Darren Bent and Rooney in its central positions is nowhere near good enough to take on the major nations such as Spain.”

Neville has also reflected on the hopes this country has pinned on his former Manchester United team mates, Rooney and David Beckham, ahead of International tournaments.

“Going into major tournaments we always put all our pressure and hopes on one man,” he said. “I’ve seen it before with Rooney in 2006 and 2010 or David Beckham in 2002. Even before them, it was Kevin Keegan or Bryan Robson in the Seventies and Eighties.”

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  1. nathan says:

    too true, englands core is too ‘average’

  2. Redlife says:

    Gnev won’t go far, he’s talking the truth. These days if you tell the truth it’s seem a bad thing. It goes for the whole of society. If you disagree with the majority you’re branded a not nice thing. Nev is right, England are average at best.

  3. bruce thomas says:

    United > England.

    Capello had finally come up with his big idea. Play Smalling, Jones, Cleverly, Young, Rooney and Welbeck in the team — and use the same tactics as SAF. Genius. Worth £6 mill a year of anyone’s money. Not.

    GNev is spot on. Fuck England. The only concerns I have about England games is that the fucking Italian idiot doesn’t demoralize or injure our players and fuck up United’s season.

  4. TheCantona says:

    Fuck The FA!! They never protect their own players, they let the media ‘bollocking’ their own players! Fuckin’ disgrace all of them!!

  5. WillieRedNut says:

    I’m bored with the England talk now. Can’t wait for next week!

  6. slim says:

    Gary is being unduly nice and humble in my opinion. Spine of the team is fucked thats what it is

  7. Dr.Hannibal says:

    i am bored too, is there goatina around here.just love to read his take on ingurland lol

  8. Costas says:

    The truth.

  9. slim says:

    GOD I’ve missed the footie but i’ll tear my hair out if i hear another “cockney accent” commentator saying. Miereliesh or Villas boashh. fucking does my head in.

  10. Red Neck says:

    Red Nev speaks the truth. A team built up of mainly very average overrated players is going to get found out against the better nations. Unsurprisingly the list of better nations seems to be getting longer. Maybe in the coming years there will be an improvement with the emergence of some great young United talent but for the moment I can’t see it changing. Let’s face it, even a Messi or a Ronaldo would struggle to look good in this England team.

  11. kiccha says:

    gentleman , we can officially confirm that rednev reads this blog :D
    his username is still a mystery though ;)

  12. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Terry – Shite !
    Cahil – :lol:
    Barry – :???: Ozil is usain bolts trainer.
    Parker – its a shame he doesn’t have stamina, tired and old by 70th min. Big Heart though
    Bent – On Level with the likes of Huntlaar, Iaquinta, Cisse on a good day, nothing special but decent.

    Rooney – Lets just say, Pele was being Dubbed “The New Roon” when he broke through for santos.

    Spain; Pique,Puyol,Alonso,Xavi,Villa,Torres
    Germany; Mertesacker,Hummels, Schwine, Ozil, Mueller.
    Holland; Mathijsen,????, Van Bommel,Sneijder, Van Persie
    France; Sakho, Rami, M’vila, Nasri, Benzema

    —England to win Euro 2012 —

  13. smartalex says:

    John Terry walks into a sperm donor bank,
    “I’d like to donate some sperm” he says to the receptionist.

    “Well John, I’ll have to get Ladyboy Torres to suck you off’” replies the receptionist, “you’re such a useless wanker….”

  14. what the fuck is wrong with you says:

    And England might be good.

  15. slim says:

    Bloody hell, there’s no privacy anymore these days. Here i was looking for a couple of shirts starting with the almighty Google, log on here and viola half the links i visited fluttering their eyelids at me. One fucking ad after another.

  16. slim says:

    yeah you can really tell theirs no footie on, i think i’ll just shut up now

  17. smartalex says:

    An anxious woman goes to her doctor. “Doctor,” she asks nervously, “I’m a bit worried – can you get pregnant from anal intercourse?”

    “Of course,” replies the doctor, “Where do you think Liverpool fans come from?”

  18. smartalex says:

    Q: How do you define 144 Liverpool fans?
    A: Gross Stupidity

  19. AlphaRS says:

    Red Nev speaking the truth and telling it how it is.
    A proper LEGEND.

    Ingurlund are shite. It’s about time the nation in general and the media realised this.
    History has proved this time and time again.

    A team of Hart, Cole, Ferdinand, Jones, Smalling, Cleverly, Wiltshire, Young, Lennon, Rooney, and Welbeck and they might have a chance.

    International football is shite. The United game can not come soon enough :D

  20. Red Neck says:

    Capelo calls Rooney into his office and says “Wayne I’m sorry but your times up in football, is there anything else you can turn your hand to? Rooney looks at him and says “well I might become a gynaecologist” Capello looks puzzled and says “how can this be” Rooney replies “well you see I’ve been working with some troublesome twats for years” at this point John Terry walks into the office, Capello looks at Rooney and says “i see what you mean”

  21. CedarsDevil says:

    To Willie & Rai – Thanks for the kind words, both of you are great friends of mine…

    To Zibbie – Lovely and very touching post, I really appreciate it and I feel the same way about you my friend..

    To slim – Apologies for my constant and irritating rants on Rooney

    To everyone else who do not know me yet abused and cursed me I say you were right, those who know me here though know that this is not what I am about at all…

    Now and for the record I have no issues whatsoever with Rooney, he was merely an excuse for me to vent out my own problems, could easily have been my living room chair!…. I love this place with a passion, the mere idea of being in the same place with so many other reds is priceless

    Back to taking my few days off to sort out my own issues and never again will I post while totally pissed…..

  22. smartalex says:

    No big deal CedarsDevil. Your comments about Rooney were mild compared to the usual bile spewed here on Carrick, Berbatov, Evans, etc. Also, I’m not sure anyone took you seriously. Most of us where waiting for the punchline. Speaking of which:

    Two blokes were walking through a cemetery saw a tombstone that read:
    “Here lies John Sweeney, a good man and a Liverpool fan.”
    One of them asked the other: “When the hell did they start putting two people in one grave?”

  23. smartalex says:

    Q: What do you say to a Liverpool supporter with a good looking bird on his arm?
    A: Nice tattoo

  24. wayne says:

    @Cedars don’t beat yourself up,like smartalex thought you were having a laugh,trying to get a bite.
    Hope you get things sorted,just stands to reason posts can be reflective of state of mind all regular posters have had their moments mate.

  25. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Wayne Rooney has the X Factor – How do you like that Cedars ? ;)
    Chicha has the Sex Factor – :lol: No Homo, homies

  26. smartalex says:

    Q: What do you do if you see a Liverpool fan walking towards you with a gunshot wound?

    A: Stop laughing, reload and shoot again!

  27. King Eric says:

    Slim. Been saying it for ages on here. Well spelling it “viyash boash“. Cunts.

    Well said Nev but why did he include Rooney in that list?

    Alphars. Hello pal. Lennon. Really? Although having said that he is better than that twelve year old looking shite Walcott.

    Nevermind those nations nev mentioned. Fucking montenegro looked like Spain second half. Ingerlund couldn’t get the ball off them. Teams like Turkey and serbia etc are better than Ingerlund.

    “World champions twice, world champions twi -iice , once more than England, world champions twice“

    United > Ingerlund

  28. smartalex says:

    Q. What’s the difference between a dead dog on the road and a dead Liverpool football fan on the road?

    A. There are skid marks in front of the dog

  29. dannysoya says:

    LOL english national team. forever useless. And no rooney does not always “let everyone down” like some useless plonkers have been saying. He has carried United at times. Why is that? we love him and appreciate what he’s doing for us Unlike the stupid english team fans. It’s not rocket science. would you rather give your all for a team where u are so hated by your own fans it’s unreal or for a team that will not hesitate to sing your name anytime you touch the ball.

  30. StatesideAussie says:

    Q: What’s the difference between a Liverpool fan and a bucket of shit?
    A: The bucket.

    Morning, SmartAlex :-)

  31. smartalex says:

    Good Day StatesideAussie!

    Well done mate!

    Australians all should rejoice,
    For you are young and free;
    You’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
    Your home is girt by sea;
    Your land abounds in Nature’s gifts
    Of beauty rich and rare;
    In history’s page, let every stage
    Advance Australia fair!
    In joyful strains then let us sing,
    “Advance Australia fair!”

  32. smartalex says:

    Jammy bastards!

  33. slim says:


    aww mate , for fucks sake. Its nothing. like smatralex said i was waiting for the punch line. I hope it wasn’t anything i said that put you off. If i did, then apologies fella. If you were a drop dead gorgeous, id’d say lets kiss and make up but i think we should just shake on it

    King Eric – “viyash boash” – LOL. They fucking love his name, its like they cream their pants every time they say it.

  34. chigwembele says:

    The skid marks joke is destroying me LOL.

  35. StatesideAussie says:

    SmartAlex … cheers, mate. I was sure you guys woiuld win, right up to the final kick. And I wouldn’t have bitched if you had. Thanks for the national anthem, now I’ll be able to learn the bloody words!

  36. Harphyz Figoman says:

    U guys are the best. Its past 2 a.m here, and I’m finding it difficult containing my outburst of laughter on RoM! Hope I don’t get a ‘Quit Notice’ from my Landlord this time cos he is a ‘Goners’ fan. I love the Loserfools jokes, and I always thot those who says ‘Viyash Boash’ has got lots of overgrown moustache in their mouth. Pls keep them coming. Love u guys. Love Man United…

  37. smartalex says:

    StatesideAussie … I too felt very confident throughout the game. We looked really good.
    I was surprised at how well we played.
    That’s top level international team sport for you, games can go either way. Well done!

  38. Red Devil says:

    Haven’t been able to post much on here lately, but I will say this to dear friend Cedars

    Cedars mate,
    I hope you recover from whatever problems you have been facing and come back to this blog soon. You are a true Blood Red and I hope all is well soon. Your outbursts on Rooney seemed very untypical and I could immediately sense something was wrong. You are not one to pick on a Utd player in this fashion, hell you even defended Gibson for fucks sake!


    Hello mate, how are you ? I hope I havent been forgotten coz i’ve been absent for such a long time :D
    Its amazing how Gary Neville speaks so much sense every time he speaks. Also see how he has quickly tried to take the heat off Rooney in a quite beautiful “Sir Alex” like manner. He would make a great manager if he feels up to it.

    King Eric

    Hello mate….How’ve you been ? Great to see your posts so regularly nowadays….love reading your views. Regarding this Januzaj fellow you wrote about, I heard he is a great prospect as well. We had to fight a lot of clubs to land him a few months back. Lets hope he can fulfill his potential. Spot on about Walcott in another thread. The credit Wenger gets for bring on youth when quite clearly Walcott has still not developed mentally one little bit is ludicrous. Football skills wise-yes he bloods in lots of young players, but mentally they are all scarred and inept.

    All right back to work then…!

  39. lordrt says:

    England always playing the blame game, I think its time to Roo to put aside his international career and be more focused on Utd, the EPL titles, FA Cups and CLs which can be won instead of wasting time with a team playing for nothing at international level

  40. King Eric says:

    Red Devil – Hello mate. Thanks for that. How are you? Yeah he looked quality. It isnt that kid is it that was featured on youtube at 5 years old doing the skills is it? Its funny. He doesn’t look like a footballer but by god he looked great on his debut. Also like Rothwell, Barmby and Dahli.

  41. Red Devil says:

    King Eric – I’m fine mate, just been incredibly busy lately. Also a bit lazy perhaps out of tiredness.

    Isn’t Jack Barmby the son of Nick Barmby? And talking about Daehli, he too was bought from some norwegian club with great fanfare in the papers behind his signing. No doubt there was some input from Solksjaer in his signing who said that he was probably one of the best players in the world in his age-group and a bit of Messi and Xavi in his playing style. High praise indeed from Ole.
    We can only hope these two (Januzaj and Daehli) can fulfill their potentials here

  42. King Eric says:

    Red Devil – Yes mate he is indeed Nick’s son. Nick regularly attends the games to watch his lad. Yeah Daeli has a look of Scholes about him. Some top talent in our youth teams.


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