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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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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 27 2012

Time: 4:39PM

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Thanks RedBoy, that gave me a right good chuckle.
Bluedub
Should you be allowed to retire from international football, well I can't see why not. I respect that it's expected to be the pinnacle of you're footballing career however when quality players constantly get shat on then I don't blame them for retiring from it. Look st Scholes for example, easily England's best midfielder for a long time now however he was constantly being rebuffed by England for gerrard and lampard so much so that it got to the point where it seemed he would never get the first team Pirlo role he can play and deserved so he called it a day. Also, the standard of international football has dropped and for a long time it has been boring and slow and if England don't win everything as the over expectant fans and media expect they become a public enemy. To be honest, I don't think international football is worth the hassle. Carricks good but no Pirlo, he's not mobile enough to find space when there's seemingly none as when he's getting marked out of a game he truly is marked out and non-existent. The closest thing we've got to a Pirlo is Scholes. We will need another Pirlo or Scholes figure in the future also, preferably an up and coming one rather than an expensive and extortionate proven one.
TheFamousNo7
 

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