Our Own Pirlo
Approaching thirty-four years of age, there`s no doubting that Andrea Pirlo gave England the run around on Sunday evening.
Sat in the middle of the park, Pirlo pulled the strings that kept England on the back-foot and took all the plaudits, from the journalists, for doing so.
His performance had many asking questions about England`s failure to have somebody who could do a similar job for us.
Parker sat in front of the back-four and tidied up, Gerrard sprayed the ball with a degree of inconsistency whilst Milner looked a touch pedestrian and when a change was made the inexperienced Jordan Henderson was given a run out.
Rio Ferdinand, shamefully overlooked for selection, reckons that Roy Hodgson missed a trick in not selecting our very own Michael Carrick
Carrick, before the tournament had started, had stated that he didn`t want to be considered for the list of players placed on standby, so when Frank Lampard pulled out with a thigh injury, Jordan Henderson was summoned by Roy Hodgson.
Rio Ferdinand, talking about the very same subject in an interview in a red-top publication, has his views on the subject, remarking,
"People have been talking about the huge influence of Andrea Pirlo for Italy against us but our own Pirlo was on a beach somewhere."
"Michael was the man to create for us and we left him behind."
We did and you get the impression that some serious talking should have taken place to persuade Michael that his decision was wrong and that Roy Hodgson should have used all his experience to cajole Carrick into changing his mind.
I`ve always been of the opinion that to serve your country is the greatest honour you can achieve in sport and all too often we`re seeing players announce their retirement from the international scene, should that be allowed is what I`m asking today?
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