08.55 – Well, if there’s one thing the English press are good at, it’s finding goats. Scapegoats.
Poor old DS1 has been slaughtered for the last 48 hours. Peter Shilton reckons it’s time for him to quit. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t that fat, curly fool play until he was 40-odd? It’s fairly typical that Seamo is getting all the blame, without anyone asking why Paul Scholes actually ducked rather than trying to head the corner clear. He might not have got it, but he could at least have tried. There has been no mention of golden boy Michael Owen’s toothless performance, or why a team filled with supposedly world class players couldn’t score more against lowly Macedonia.
Yes, Seamo made a mistake, but football is a team game and as such others on the pitch should take their share of responsibility for England’s poor result. Sol Campbell has backed his Arsenal team-mate, and Arsene Wenger has also come out in support of our number 1 saying “….he will be brave and react well on Saturday”. Bobby Robson has also come out in defence of Dave saying “The lad will be distraught and the criticism will hurt so I feel for him because he is a very capable goalkeeper – I just wish he would get his hair cut.” Maybe it’s his hair that’s weighing him down…
Anyway, those critics how are having a field day at his expense might want to stop for a moment and look at England’s options. David James….bwa ha ha ha. Paul Robinson – a good young keeper, but he’s proved nothing yet after 3 months of playing Premiership football. Russel Hoult…come on. Chris Kirkland….Liverpool reserve. Richard Wright…well, Arsenal fans know all about him, but of all them, I reckon he’s the most likely candidate. And that’s about it.
Hound David Seaman out then press boys, stick David James in there and wait till you go play in Turkey and he drops one of his Nintendo clangers in the furious atmosphere in Istanbul and you’ll all be crying out for the calm, collected DS1. Has it not occurred to any of them that of the 20 Premiership clubs, only 4 play with an English keeper? Is there a reason for that do you reckon? Is it because there aren’t really any good English keepers out there? We’ll see….we still love ya Dave.
There’s an interesting article on ANR about the atmosphere at Highbury. It’s not by our old friend Myles, so half of it isn’t about a gig he went to in 1978 or a band he managed in the 80s. Check it out – he makes a good point, no?