England coach Fabio Capello was very lucky. He had been looking at potential training sites for FIFA World Cup 2010,in South Africa, but missed his connection and never made it to Malmo's New Stadium for the final of the UEFA U 21 tournament, England v Germany.
He missed a painful drubbing of England, unbeaten for 2 years, and coached by Stuart Pearce, former England national team player of distinction, who saw his team lose on PK's in the semi-final two years ago in Holland, and just scrape into this year's final despite being up 3-0 at H.T. v Sweden in Goteborg, who came back to tie the match 3-3 after 90 minutes, and only lose on penalties.
It was a stroll in the park for the Germans, coached by Horst Hrubesch with a 4-0 scoreline. Now the Germans hold the U17, U19 and U 21 UEFA crowns, and deservedly so. The out of work and disgraced Swedish coach Sven Goran Erickson had publicly stated that Pearce would be a worthy succesor to the Italian Capello, and Pearce was recently given a two year extension and also helps Capello with the full national squad, carrying bibs, cones and water bottles. There are only 8 teams at the EURO U21 Finals so getting to the final or semi-final is not that difficult. GO BACK TO BASICS STUART. Go to the newsagents and buy a copy of NON-LEAGUE WEEKLY and look at the job vacancy column for work in the BLUE SQUARE PREMIER LEAGUE, and learn your trade the hard way!!
The next tournament is in two years time in Denmark, but I doubt if Pearce is the man to win it then, or in the next million years, however long The F.A. hang on to him. He has as much chance as Giggles the Chimp, pet of Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch has of composing a chart topping song in a million years!!
Apart from Aston Villa's James Milner in his 46th and last appearance for the U 21's, the team was underpowered, with less skill and guile than their opponents. Substitute goalkeeper Scott Loach of Watford FC was a disaster, and should be stripped naked and left on the Watford By Pass for gypsies to take him away and teach him useful skills such as making wooden clothes pegs!!
The Germans were light years ahead in technique and Sir Trevor Brooking, the lightweight 'soccer man' at The F.A., stated that there was a lot of catching up to do. Really, there was no midfield general whereas Bremen playmaker Mesut Ozil took charge of midfield for the winners. He scored the second goal in the 48th minute after Gonzalo Castro of Bayer Leverkusen had opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Two late goals from Sandro Wagner of Duisburg after 79 and 84 minutes sealed the victory.
Oh, my opinion on the Michael Jackson concerts at London's O2 Arena. Why not substitute Barry Manilow!!!