Nov 21, 2007

Exhibit A That Bloggers Don't Know What They're Talking About

I'm referring here to myself here and my idiotic naive rant flaunting Steve McClaren's decision to start Scott Carson ahead of Paul Robinson. Nothing left to do but own up: Yes I did say that. My exact words were "with Scott Carson in goal, England cannot fail." I was being facetious to an extent, but it all blew up in my face. So bring it on: howl and laugh all you want. I can take it!

The game will in all likelihood cost McClaren his job, but I still think benching Robbo was the right decision. No telling how many goals he would have cost England (based on recent performances). And Carson did redeem himself to some extent with a brilliant save in the second half right when England were gaining the momentum. Of course he also nearly cost England another one in the first half. And we'll never know if this was the game Robbo finally managed to turn his form around. Maybe McClaren should have given Robert Green a chance or (gasp!) gone with David James or Wigan's Chris Kirkland. Point is, for the first time since I can remember, England does not appear to have any quality goalkeepers in its ranks. No surprise then, that they are missing out on a major tournament for the first time since 1994.

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