Second Choice Steve is clueless and inept manager. The decision to pick and play Beckham has to rate as one of the most spineless by any England manager. He was reduced to letting Micah Richards do most of his running last night. However, Second Choice is lucky — he has a convenient scapegoat in the form of Paul Robinson.
Let me say that Robinson’s mistake was just one of those unfortunate incidents in a match; the cross from the German player was never intended to float so close to the crossbar (what if it had been crossed as intended and Robinsno had remanied glue to the goal line?).
There is a clique of “star players” in the England team who will never be dropped no matter how poorly they perform or how badly they fit into the intended tactics for the night’s match.
Until England hire a manager with some cojones, this circus will continue.