"Schoolboy goal" frustrates Hoddles

Daily Echo: Glenn Hoddle Glenn Hoddle

Former Saints boss Glenn Hoddle lamented the fact that Roy Hodgson's side are now staring down the barrel of an early World Cup exit due to a "schoolboy" error.

Hoddle was critical of the manner in which the game was lost in the closing stages.

"It's a schoolboy goal," he said. "One punt down the pitch. You won't see another goal in the World Cup like that."

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had put Uruguay in front in the first half before Wayne Rooney gave England hope with a poacher's finish in the 75th minute.

Just when it looked like Hodgson's men were in the ascendancy, Suarez pounced to leave England relying on Italy to win both of their remaining games.

"We were beaten by a world class finisher," Hoddle added. "If we had a finisher like that we'd have won both games. Suarez was the difference tonight. He was very quiet apart from his two goals."

Hoddle, who led England to the 1998 World Cup in France, acknowledged that there are problems to work on and highlighted creativity in the final third as an issue.

"We do have problems, I think there is a lack of movement in the final third and there are lot of things we need to work on," he said.

Gary Lineker also focused on England's defensive woes, tweeting during the match: "Our defending is appalling!"

However, the 1986 golden boot winner also praised Suarez's striking prowess on the social media site.

"I must say, Suarez is a phenomenon. His performance defies belief," he said.

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10:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Abbey Saint says...

This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed!
This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed! Abbey Saint
  • Score: 17

11:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

"He was very quiet apart from his 2 goals" thanks glen
"He was very quiet apart from his 2 goals" thanks glen Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 4

12:26am Fri 20 Jun 14

yellowcard says...

England where rubbish simple as. Suarez was clearly unfit and at time struggling yet he caused us no end of problems and scored twice shows you what a crock of s*** England is
England where rubbish simple as. Suarez was clearly unfit and at time struggling yet he caused us no end of problems and scored twice shows you what a crock of s*** England is yellowcard
  • Score: 2

6:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

chapellady says...

We simply underestimated the fact Suarez even after knee surgery would still score goals. Most of the England team train play with him and know him in training so that makes our dire performance harder to take.
We simply underestimated the fact Suarez even after knee surgery would still score goals. Most of the England team train play with him and know him in training so that makes our dire performance harder to take. chapellady
  • Score: 2

7:29am Fri 20 Jun 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

We had some good/half decent players on the pitch last night. What amazes me though is the lack of movement off the ball. Gerard seemed intent all night on pinging diagonal long balls 40 yards across the pitch. Fine if there is then plenty of movement up front to give the player who receives it some options. Otherwise it just depends on players like Glen Johnson (who is well past his best) taking on and beating the opposition defenders who close him down quick, something he doesn't do very well these days, certainly not for England in this World Cup. Fred for Brazil was castigated by the commentators for his lack of movement against Mexico and at times it seemed to me that the whole of the England forward line were doing the same, just waiting for someone else to do something. I wondered why so called top players didn't have more about them than that. Two things sprang to mind: a manager who expected everyone to hold their positions with little interchanging and/or young quick players who were expected to run at the opposition and take them on meaning that those in front were not expecting to receive the ball. I just couldn't work out why there was so little movement. Another thing was in the first half Henderson looked lost at times like he didn't know if he should press, tackle of hold and several times he ended up doing neither. Should have had Lallana and Rickie on much earlier for me.
We had some good/half decent players on the pitch last night. What amazes me though is the lack of movement off the ball. Gerard seemed intent all night on pinging diagonal long balls 40 yards across the pitch. Fine if there is then plenty of movement up front to give the player who receives it some options. Otherwise it just depends on players like Glen Johnson (who is well past his best) taking on and beating the opposition defenders who close him down quick, something he doesn't do very well these days, certainly not for England in this World Cup. Fred for Brazil was castigated by the commentators for his lack of movement against Mexico and at times it seemed to me that the whole of the England forward line were doing the same, just waiting for someone else to do something. I wondered why so called top players didn't have more about them than that. Two things sprang to mind: a manager who expected everyone to hold their positions with little interchanging and/or young quick players who were expected to run at the opposition and take them on meaning that those in front were not expecting to receive the ball. I just couldn't work out why there was so little movement. Another thing was in the first half Henderson looked lost at times like he didn't know if he should press, tackle of hold and several times he ended up doing neither. Should have had Lallana and Rickie on much earlier for me. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 4

8:23am Fri 20 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child wrote:
We had some good/half decent players on the pitch last night. What amazes me though is the lack of movement off the ball. Gerard seemed intent all night on pinging diagonal long balls 40 yards across the pitch. Fine if there is then plenty of movement up front to give the player who receives it some options. Otherwise it just depends on players like Glen Johnson (who is well past his best) taking on and beating the opposition defenders who close him down quick, something he doesn't do very well these days, certainly not for England in this World Cup. Fred for Brazil was castigated by the commentators for his lack of movement against Mexico and at times it seemed to me that the whole of the England forward line were doing the same, just waiting for someone else to do something. I wondered why so called top players didn't have more about them than that. Two things sprang to mind: a manager who expected everyone to hold their positions with little interchanging and/or young quick players who were expected to run at the opposition and take them on meaning that those in front were not expecting to receive the ball. I just couldn't work out why there was so little movement. Another thing was in the first half Henderson looked lost at times like he didn't know if he should press, tackle of hold and several times he ended up doing neither. Should have had Lallana and Rickie on much earlier for me.
I don't know about Rickie, but definitely Lallana. We are lagging behind at the moment. I agree that the Premier League and probably other big European leagues as well are helping foreign talent to progress and play against top quality opposition every week, but the same could be said for our players. Look at Germany though with their home-grown players - year in year out they perform and they are always there or there about. I am so disappointed and looking for a reason so excuse the rambling - perhaps we always freeze with fear, perhaps Hodgson is not up to it, perhaps Gerard is past it, and personally I was very disappointed with Sturridge. He shows skill sometimes but I don't think that he is top class - Suarez made him look so at Liverpool.
[quote][p][bold]Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child[/bold] wrote: We had some good/half decent players on the pitch last night. What amazes me though is the lack of movement off the ball. Gerard seemed intent all night on pinging diagonal long balls 40 yards across the pitch. Fine if there is then plenty of movement up front to give the player who receives it some options. Otherwise it just depends on players like Glen Johnson (who is well past his best) taking on and beating the opposition defenders who close him down quick, something he doesn't do very well these days, certainly not for England in this World Cup. Fred for Brazil was castigated by the commentators for his lack of movement against Mexico and at times it seemed to me that the whole of the England forward line were doing the same, just waiting for someone else to do something. I wondered why so called top players didn't have more about them than that. Two things sprang to mind: a manager who expected everyone to hold their positions with little interchanging and/or young quick players who were expected to run at the opposition and take them on meaning that those in front were not expecting to receive the ball. I just couldn't work out why there was so little movement. Another thing was in the first half Henderson looked lost at times like he didn't know if he should press, tackle of hold and several times he ended up doing neither. Should have had Lallana and Rickie on much earlier for me.[/p][/quote]I don't know about Rickie, but definitely Lallana. We are lagging behind at the moment. I agree that the Premier League and probably other big European leagues as well are helping foreign talent to progress and play against top quality opposition every week, but the same could be said for our players. Look at Germany though with their home-grown players - year in year out they perform and they are always there or there about. I am so disappointed and looking for a reason so excuse the rambling - perhaps we always freeze with fear, perhaps Hodgson is not up to it, perhaps Gerard is past it, and personally I was very disappointed with Sturridge. He shows skill sometimes but I don't think that he is top class - Suarez made him look so at Liverpool. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 1

8:51am Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

We have to put greater barriers on the nrs of foreigners (and that includes eec players) allowed in each squad - there are British kids out there who might blossom but are never going to be given the chance to play in the PL.
Saints are doing their bit but we all know there are clubs out there who quite regularly only have one or two home (and sometimes have none) players in their squad. Wenger has not been good for English football but the French national team has done alright out of him. Mankschitty, Chelski at least Skiverpool have tried to blood English youngster also Manure tries but the situation is dire. Is that really the best defence we can put in front of a keeper who deserves better protection than poor old Hart got. It's time Gerrard bowed out. JRod might have done a job for them at the front but after him try naming the English strikers who could've gone - difficult.
We have to put greater barriers on the nrs of foreigners (and that includes eec players) allowed in each squad - there are British kids out there who might blossom but are never going to be given the chance to play in the PL. Saints are doing their bit but we all know there are clubs out there who quite regularly only have one or two home (and sometimes have none) players in their squad. Wenger has not been good for English football but the French national team has done alright out of him. Mankschitty, Chelski at least Skiverpool have tried to blood English youngster also Manure tries but the situation is dire. Is that really the best defence we can put in front of a keeper who deserves better protection than poor old Hart got. It's time Gerrard bowed out. JRod might have done a job for them at the front but after him try naming the English strikers who could've gone - difficult. jls217
  • Score: 0

8:52am Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Who gives a **** what Twaddle thinks anyway.
Who gives a **** what Twaddle thinks anyway. jls217
  • Score: -2

8:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

Muttdogg says...

Better pray for a miracle then Glen. Come on Irene...
Better pray for a miracle then Glen. Come on Irene... Muttdogg
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

WinchesterBond says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed!
Ticked the like box. Roy took the safe option rather than go bold because he was petrified of what the Murdoch press and Daily Fail would print if he did and England lost. Uruguay were there for taking before the game and at 76 minutes. If Italy win tonight there is one chance and one chance only that requires going for it with Adam, Oxo (if fit), Rooney in the hole behind Sturridge and Rickie. Need crosses into the box from wide players and overlapping full-backs, (both England goals came from crosses into the box), two forwards in the box to attack the ball, midfield players supporting for knock downs or the loose ball and Stevie G picking up any clearance to keep the move going or to delay a counter-attack. No point in two holding midfielders. Let us hope there is still the chance on Tuesday night and Roy goes for it rather than doing what the Aussie tyrant's press lackies want (which is for us to fail). Come On England.
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed![/p][/quote]Ticked the like box. Roy took the safe option rather than go bold because he was petrified of what the Murdoch press and Daily Fail would print if he did and England lost. Uruguay were there for taking before the game and at 76 minutes. If Italy win tonight there is one chance and one chance only that requires going for it with Adam, Oxo (if fit), Rooney in the hole behind Sturridge and Rickie. Need crosses into the box from wide players and overlapping full-backs, (both England goals came from crosses into the box), two forwards in the box to attack the ball, midfield players supporting for knock downs or the loose ball and Stevie G picking up any clearance to keep the move going or to delay a counter-attack. No point in two holding midfielders. Let us hope there is still the chance on Tuesday night and Roy goes for it rather than doing what the Aussie tyrant's press lackies want (which is for us to fail). Come On England. WinchesterBond
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

jls217 says...

WinchesterBond wrote:
Abbey Saint wrote:
This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed!
Ticked the like box. Roy took the safe option rather than go bold because he was petrified of what the Murdoch press and Daily Fail would print if he did and England lost. Uruguay were there for taking before the game and at 76 minutes. If Italy win tonight there is one chance and one chance only that requires going for it with Adam, Oxo (if fit), Rooney in the hole behind Sturridge and Rickie. Need crosses into the box from wide players and overlapping full-backs, (both England goals came from crosses into the box), two forwards in the box to attack the ball, midfield players supporting for knock downs or the loose ball and Stevie G picking up any clearance to keep the move going or to delay a counter-attack. No point in two holding midfielders. Let us hope there is still the chance on Tuesday night and Roy goes for it rather than doing what the Aussie tyrant's press lackies want (which is for us to fail). Come On England.
FORZA ITALIA!!!!
[quote][p][bold]WinchesterBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: This is what we reap for year after year of incompetence & £reed from our FA who have shown a total lack of imagination, drive and courage to do what every other major European football nation has done in promoting their national game and players. They've allowed the Premiership money men and Rupert Murdoch to crucify OUR game on the altar of money, without putting any plan in place for the future of the England game. Not so long ago a Telegraph reporter compared England's training ground to Saints as being like a kids rec in comparison (can't remember exact words). Add to that the fact that Blatter and Platini both hate us, and it's no wonder we're totally stuffed![/p][/quote]Ticked the like box. Roy took the safe option rather than go bold because he was petrified of what the Murdoch press and Daily Fail would print if he did and England lost. Uruguay were there for taking before the game and at 76 minutes. If Italy win tonight there is one chance and one chance only that requires going for it with Adam, Oxo (if fit), Rooney in the hole behind Sturridge and Rickie. Need crosses into the box from wide players and overlapping full-backs, (both England goals came from crosses into the box), two forwards in the box to attack the ball, midfield players supporting for knock downs or the loose ball and Stevie G picking up any clearance to keep the move going or to delay a counter-attack. No point in two holding midfielders. Let us hope there is still the chance on Tuesday night and Roy goes for it rather than doing what the Aussie tyrant's press lackies want (which is for us to fail). Come On England.[/p][/quote]FORZA ITALIA!!!! jls217
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