I was born, brought up and live in England, I take great pride from the fact that my team plays in the best league in the world, the Premier League, and I love to see any English club team beat the best from the rest of Europe. But I don’t support this country at football any more.
This season, Matt Jarvis has been the best left-winger available to Fabio Capello . . . fact.
The international team boss included him in the provisional squad but then on Saturday omitted him from the final group to face France in the forthcoming friendly.
I can only think that he had made his mind up on this before Wolves played Bolton. Fabio was at Molineux for the match and, even though we lost 3-2, Jarvis was at his usual rampaging best on the wing. Perhaps the England boss doesn’t want to use players with pace, stamina and accurate crossing.
Elmander scores a great goal against Wolves
It’s so disappointing because it shows once again that there is no fairness or consistency to squad selection for the England side. Just like with McClaren and Sven, every time it’s announced there are some glaring omissions.
My problem with the previous two total failures was always that they seemed to select by club and not form. If you played for Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool you were in. Almost anyone else and you were out.
For example, Defoe, Bent and Ashton were full of goals but Sven took Walcott - a player who couldn’t get in to the Arsenal team, was untested at international level and he had never seen play - to the 2006 World Cup. He didn’t get a single kick.
I really thought it was going to be different with Fabio – a manager with an incredible record at club level. When he arrived he said he would never pick injured players, ignore reputations and select based on form.
Then this year he took a group of injured, out-of-form and big reputation players to the World Cup and we were promptly dumped out of it. Countries with inferior squads – Germany, Uruguay, Paraguay – showed us how it’s done with brilliant performances in the competition.
How did Capello keep his job? Simple, he signed a long and lucrative contract before the competition making him too expensive to sack. So we’re stuck with him until it expires.
The good thing about Capello since then has been that he has picked players regardless of who they play for. The problem is, his selections make no sense.
Of course I’m annoyed about Jarvis. He is young, fast, skillful, runs all day, has great spirit, is consistent and is getting better all the time. You might say he’s not as good as Ashley Young or James Milner yet. But I would argue that while those two are incredible on their day, on current form Jarvis is better. Young has done his best work for Villa down the middle this season and Milner is way short of his best.
My frustration goes beyond the Wolves man though. Another game Capello was at was the game between Bolton and Spurs the previous week. Kevin Davies gave the best centre forward display I have seen this season in that match. Then he followed it up with another strong display in front of the England boss at Molineux.
The squad was announced on Saturday and Crouch – who had been totally eclipsed by Davies in the previous week – was in and the Bolton man was nowhere to be seen. Then Carlton Cole – a man in awful form for the club at the bottom of the table – was added. Davies was nowhere again. Then former Wolves player Jay Bothroyd – a striker from the second tier of English football – was called up. Davies was nowhere again.
I can’t support England when the selection policy is so shambolic, so unfair and so illogical.
I won’t miss out on any success because there’s no way England will win anything with Capello at the helm.