Tuesday, January 11, 2011

England's Player of the Year

As you may expect, there's fierce competition for the title of England's Player of 2010, with a short-list including all 44 players to be capped last year. Will the winner be Carlton Cole, who "made one appearance during 2010...and failed to live up to potential", Emile Heskey, who "brought to an end his eleven year association with the England team, during which time he scored seven goals" or goalkeeper Robert Green, who had quite an "eventful" year?

"Green had started six consecutive games under Fabio Capello in 2009, and played in the opening two matches of 2010 to indicate that he was the first choice England goalkeeper. So it proved as Green lined up against USA on 12 June, but it would be his last cap of the year.

Green showed great strength of character both on and off the pitch, denying a potential matchwinner from Jozy Altidore in the second half, before fronting up by speaking to every media outlet that who wished to guage his reaction after the game. "

And wasn't there something with Clint Dempsey too?

The accompanying comments suggest the (Liverpool-supporting) public see only one worthy winner of the honour of being England's least worst player of the year. "Stevie G. all the way!" says one, "Steven Gerrard is truly England's Number One," another (which, if true, implies Green's plight may be much worse than even he realised) and "It's got to be Stevie G. all the way! There can be no-one else?" offers a third, his punctuation suggesting he'd realised by the end that he might have gone too far.

Which is not something this current England team are likely to do themselves.

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