gonzo wrote: I would opt for 2 keepers not 3. I doubt in the history of the World Cup many squads have used there No.2 GK much, let alone their 3rd Choice.
England used their second goalkeeper, Chelsea's Peter Bonetti in the 1970 World Cup. Bonetti played in the semifinal versus West Germany, which England lost 3-2 AET. Many criticised Bonetti for one of the W German goals that went under his belly, but it was a short range effort, though.
Said that, I personally think that the GK is the weakest link in the England squad...For a country of Banks, Clemence and Peter Shilton, I think that since Seaman's retirement the Lions had been missing a consistent, top-class goalkeeper...What do you peoplke think?
gonzo wrote:Banks was poisened at the hotel they were staying ...
Sir Alf Ramsey shouldnt have taken Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton off at 2-0 when he thought the game was won ....
Yes, of course, it was all the controversy about the English team bringing their own food, especially meat, because at that time there was an epidemy of Foot and Mouth disease in Britain. The Mexican authorities used that as an excuse. I remeber watching a documentary: England tood their own food anyway, but the only think the Mexicans allowed was fish and chips, therefore that is what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner...I remember Sir Bobby Charlton saying that he played versus West Germany fasting because he couldn't stand the diet anymore! Imagine that for today's standards, playing a World Cup (as champions!) on a fish and chips diet
I reckon you might be right, but England would've never done such an "Italian/South American thing" of taking two attacking players to defend a 2-0 advantage in a WC semifinal...But Capello has not such a pressure, and believe me he'll do it if England need it!I think you are right Tony. It says something when most still put David James at no.1 when he is turning 40 next year, when he wasnt no.1 when he was 10-15 years younger!!
I do think he is more accomplished now though and has definately matured, reduced the silly mistakes and improved with age. He will be unbeatable in another 10 years time!
Take a look at the top 5-6 clubs in the premiership, not one has an Englishman as their first choice. Proves that point really of how dire our GK situation really is.
gonzo wrote:Sir Alf Ramsey shouldnt have taken Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton off at 2-0 when he thought the game was won ....
Geoff wrote:Anyway wasn't 'The Cats' fault, was some rank defending going on that allowed the Germans to win on that day.