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How Did Rio’s Replacement Do?

After being given the armband for the friendly against France, the press tipped Rio Ferdinand to be the man to lead out Fabio Capello’s England. However, John Terry was Capello’s choice for captain, an 8 month decision process that Scolari, Chelsea’s new manager, took all of 2 minutes to make. Capello couldn’t seem to give a reason as to why he had chosen JT, other than his ‘big personality’. Honestly, how much is he on, £6 million?

So now our player’s confidence has been dented needlessly. If Capello didn’t have the balls to make any changes, then he should have started that way, rather than raising Rio’s hopes just to let him down. It was definitely a case of ‘same old England’ in their friendly against the Czech Republic last night, with the usual suspects Heskey, Jenas and Downing being thrown on to change things when it wasn’t going England’s way. And no England game is complete without ol Calamity having one of his ‘moments’ in goal.

So last night, JT had his first chance to shine and show the country why Capello was right to turn down our Rio. How did he get on?

The Times: (nobody rated lower)

To say he looked sluggish would be an insult to slugs. Appeared unsteady on his feet on the wet ground, not for the first time in his life, and was twisted and turned by Baros at the heart of a defence that was far too easily discomfited by a side deploying a lone striker. For the first goal, he tugged Baros’s shirt, yet the Czech forward still turned him with ease and shot. 4

The Guardian: (nobody rated lower)

Pride at his second coming as captain was offset by his culpability in Baros’ goal. Although he got tight to his man, he was turned too easily. 5

Goal: (only Lampard rated lower)

Terry must shoulder the blame for the first goal. Was turned far too easily by Baros, and not a captain’s performance. 5

How did Rio get on?

How would he react to coming second in the captaincy auditions? Well, he performed better than the man alongside him in central defence in permanent possession of the armband. He had one casual moment when he allowed Baros to sneak in a shot from a tight angle after 15 minutes, but overall was the best – or perhaps that should be the least worst – of the England back four. 6

A solid performance by Ferdinand who must have been disappointed to lose the captaincy to Terry. 6

The Mirror‘s write-up is probably the most amusing though.

On a night when Wesley Brown got his first goal for his country, it’s amusing to see that new manager or not, England haven’t changed one bit. I do feel for the United lads though.

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  1. n667 says:

    we got wesley brown!!

  2. Mic says:

    Why’s Terry in the team? I don’t see what he offers other than his “leadership” any old fool can tackle, he’s just a glorified, crapper, less brave version of Vidic, he’s supposed to be hard but he does cower unlike our rock, we want talent in the defense and Terry doesn’t have any apart from to make a tackle now and then, i’m fed up of his mistakes being uncharacteristic too because he makes more than anyone else. Big mistake by Capello.

  3. The BEAR says:

    Terry should not have got the arm band in the first place. The snot blowing fool is not in the same class of Rio. In Fact Terry has no class. He certainly did not lead from the front last night and should have been replaced, as should Gerrard, Lump-o-lard and sadly Beckham. They do not cut it and its time to move on.

  4. theboy says:

    “Appeared unsteady on his feet on the wet ground, not for the first time in his life”

    Quality. Viva John Terry!!

  5. nagraj says:

    wesley brown would make a better captain than juan terrible

  6. Ibuche says:

    Terry is so full of himself…I just can’t understand Capellos choise. And where the hell is Micah Richards??? The man who almost single-handedly shot down every ManU-attack in last seasons game at the City Stadium??? “He’s too young”? What a load of bollocks!!!
    Just wondering…And now Juan the Terrible is giving Capello advice that he should keep a meeting that resolves the problems in the English squad before the WC qualifications begin…Well, I really don’t care about how the English do, all I got to say Capello shat his pants and didn’t have the “courage” to choose Rio.
    All the best to Mr. Slippery-Feet.

  7. Francenal says:

    viva john terry,
    viva john terry,
    running to the spot,
    slips and blows the lot,
    viva john terry


    viva john terry,
    viva john terry,
    about to take the kick,
    slips and and looks a pr*ck,
    viva john terry

    Hes not even half as good as Rio. Cappello will fail.

  8. Jeoff says:

    John Terry’s an excellent player, although only the most ardent Chelsea fan would claim he’s a better footballer than Ferdinand.

    They’re both guilty of personality deficiencies, but then they’re footballers- you could say the same about quite a few.

  9. deefer23 says:

    Are you lot insane? Wes Brown was the reason we conceded the first. He lost his head and dived in allowing their winger to find baros who turned and scored.

    Did you watch the match?

  10. Tom F says:

    England having Rio Ferdinand as captain would not make sense. The same as England having a midfield with out Lampard and Gerrard playing at the same time would make no sense.

    The thing about England is that the things that should really be addressed and changed for the better, never are. That’s why a country full of talented players is the laughing stock of the world when it comes to international football.

    England have to stay there, stuck in the same rut as they have done for years because that’s all this country stands for.

    Players, especially in friendlies, are obviously too concerned about their Clubs and are taking it easy on themselves to prevent being written out of the Premier League or Europe threw injury or suspension.

    I am glad Rio isn’t captain. Let him do it for United and prove everyone wrong.


  11. Tom F says:

    “To say he looked sluggish would be an insult to slugs”


  12. john Ferry says:

    john ferry is a big cry baby. Doesn’t play with heart, but with anger-the two are very different. He’s a big boy, but weeds and grass grow faster than he can run. Like stated on another post, capello chose him because psychologically they are the same-authoritarian leaders and followers. Like predicted they played like disjointed stars (but it was a nice pass from becks to Brown). terry does not have the needed (and correct) leaderships skills to bring this team together. The team needs to gel, to play like a team. Way to go capello !!! terry is simply the wrong tool needed for the job.

  13. UnitedRay says:

    They are making wazza take the flak for england’s poor attack. I didnt watch the match. Was wazza that poor?

  14. bmac says:

    ha ha ha! England are a laughing stock…. yet again!

    Capello has made himself to be incompetent with his shenanigans regarding the captaincy. Terry’s tears showed that he is not the man that he is portrayed to be. The press are back to their usual hacking. The whole set up is a joke. Who cares about this muppet show?

    The Mirror reporter probably got it right.

    The UTD lads should do them selves a favour and do a Scholesy.


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