England’s failure: an outsider’s view
I’ll be quick. England’s failure to qualify for the Euro finals is of course a surprise but does not come as exactly a shock.
Let’s face it, Joleon Lescott cannot even be compared to Carra. And who’s been providing the decisive link between the midfield and the front line since Scholes called it quits?
Alright, neither John Terry nor Ashley Cole were there. Rio Ferdinand was also out of action (which may have been good news for England). But here comes the bit where McClaren cannot escape responsibility: why on earth would you field an inexperienced goalie behind a makeshift defence?
Julien Pretot is a Reuters sports correspondent based in Paris