Postmortem of England vs Trinidad International Friendly

June 3, 2008 at 2:34 am (Football, Sports) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What can I say more? Since the day the date of the match was first announced I’ve been saying it : You can’t beat England with a local based ‘C’ team. Should I cite myself? Great international embarassment. Undisputed Truth (2008)? Some quotes from the English announcers during the match :

(T&T 0 – Eng 2)
Announcer 1 :
“A score to settle they’ve been calling this match…so called ‘revenge’ for the World Cup, hahaha”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“This team…well certainly not this personnel..this country
drew with Sweden at the World Cup”

(T&T 0 – Eng 1)
Announcer 1 :
“The right back…Keon Cupid..he hasn’t been applying any pressure at
all…(replay shown)look at him there…he isn’t even running with
Ashton he’s just been…”

Announcer 2 :
“Ball watching”

Announcer 1 :
” Yes!….and he’s the rightback!”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“There’s Dwight Yorke…expected to come on maybe for the next 20
minutes..”

Announcer 2 :
“..probably telling the manager “make it 10, make it 10”

Announcer 1&2 :
“hahaha”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“Well we’ve come to the end of a poor display by Trinidad and
Tobago…. it must be said”

Me : Absolutely pathetic. The “score” still isn’t “settled”…T&T needed about 5 more goals for their rank lackluster, shitty, embarassing performance. From Kern Cupid unnecessarily kicking the ball out of touch to give England a corner, to Khaleem Hyland’s slow, sloppy uninspiring “debut”…to the 1,000,000,000th time Stern John has been caught offside (because it wouldn’t be planet Earth if Stern John wasn’t caught offside) to the unfortunate injury and 7th minute exit of Kenwyne Jones, to England having like 70% of possession and running circles around the defenders..it was just a total train wreck.

Good performances were there however, like diamonds buried in mud in a pigsty, from Carlos Edwards, Aurtis Whitley, Dwight Yorke and to some degree Daryl Roberts. Clayton Ince did his job despite the scoreline, but it doesn’t matter because he’s about to be 36, seems unfit and every dog can have their day once in a while.

Bottom line : I hope it woke up the TTFF that they’re making a mistake by SNUBBING foreign-based, obviously more talented players for so-called “homegrown” players who happen to play in the karate/wrestling with a ball most inferior of all time league they call the Pro League (hilarious)..recent feedback has shown otherwise however, as most people seem to think that the scoreline just indicates how “good” England is. Its funny though that that was the scoreline for England without 7 of their Man. U and Chelsea stars, and with a virtual walkout of most of their players in the 2nd half, where they used 6 substitutions…including the goalkeeper for goodness sake..

“Don’t worry” “Not disappointed” says Technical Director Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips..

Such a display is cause for worry, regardless of it being a friendly. We can only hope they can get it right before the start of the World Cup qualifiers in 2 weeks..

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All About the England vs Trinidad and Tobago Friendly, June 1st 08

May 27, 2008 at 7:19 am (news, Trinidad) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO/SOCA WARRIORS :


STARTERS:

GK Clayton Ince (Walsall)

DEF Osei Telesford (Puerto Rico Islanders), Keyeno Thomas (Joe Public), Dennis Lawrence (Swansea City), Kern Cupid (W Connection)

MID Carlos Edwards (Sunderland), Aurtis Whitley (W Connection), Khaleem Hyland (Unattached), Keon Daniel (United Petrotrin)

FW Kenwyne Jones (Sunderland), Stern John (Southampton)

SUBS:

Ancil Farrier (University Of Southern Connecticut), Akile Edwards (Defence Force), Kareem Smith (United Petrotrin), Kevon Carter (Defence Force), Kevaughn Connell (l’Entente SSG), Jerol Forbes (United Petrotrin), Darryl Roberts (Dutch-based), Jan Michael Williams (Sheffield United), Ataullah Guerra (San Juan Jabloteh)

SUBS In FOR:

Connell for Daniel
Forbes for John
Roberts for Jones
Carter for Edwards
Guerra for Hyland
Williams for Ince
A.Edwards for Cupid
Farrier for Telesford

PLAYERS DROPPED:

Marvin Phillip (W Connection), Akeem Adams (W Connection), Stephan David (Caledonia AIA), Jamal Gay (Under 20s), Anton Pierre (Defence Force), Makan Hislop (United Petrotrin)


ENGLAND/THREE LIONS

GK David James (Portsmouth)

DEF Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

MID David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Stewart Downing

FW Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)


SUBS:

Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Dean Ashton (West Ham), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth)

The game will be played on June 1st 2008 at the Hasley Crawford stadium. It can be seen locally on channel 6 CNMG or internationally on Setanta Sports and (not sure) ESPN. It could probably also be seen on sites such as : Sportingo.com or OleOleFootball.

Tickets are TT $300 for uncovered, $600 for covered and upwards from $1200 for VIP sections ($50, 100 and $200US)

The team Trinidad is fielding was picked based on politics..there is a “blacklist” of players who sued the TTFF over not being paid monies owed to them since their qualification for the WC @ Germany 2006. Hence the notable difference in the starting lineup from the great team in 2006, of which every single player is available for selection, especially the star midfielder Christopher Birchall, Swansea City-based Away Player of the Year (2008), Top Goalscorer of the League (2008), Supporters Player of the Year (2008) and YouTube famous, Scottish-football fans’ sensation Jason Scotland and the legendary “Smiling Assassin”, Dwight Yorke of Sunderland. The team for the June 1st friendly is instead mostly made up of scabs, people who they thought they couldn’t leave out (Stern John for example) and grossly inexperienced, outclassed, never seen before players…..NOTABLY Clayton Ince…who was the THIRD choice goalkeeper for the 2006 World Cup, and is a well known screw-up…all against players who already are above the level of the best team had it been picked such as Rooney, Terry and Lampard….a recipe for great international embarassment on the part of Trinidad.

This is the team that played England in 2006 (attached clubs are as of 2006) :

Goalkeepers:

1 Shaka Hislop (West Ham United, England)
21 Kelvin Jack (Dundee, Scotland)
22 Clayton Ince (Coventry City, England)

Defenders:

2 Ian Cox (Gillingham, England)
3 Avery John (New England Revolution, USA)
4 Marvin Andrews (Rangers, Scotland)
5 Brent Sancho (Gillingham, England)
6 Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham, Wales)
8 Cyd Gray (San Juan Jabloteh)
17 Atiba Charles (W Connection)

Midfielders:

7 Christopher Birchall (Port Vale, England)
9 Aurtis Whitley (San Juan Jabloteh)
10 Russell Latapy (Falkirk, Scotland)
11 Carlos Edwards (Luton Town, England)
16 Evans Wise (SV Wacker Burghausen, Germany)
18 Densill Theobald (Falkirk, Scotland)
19 Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC, Australia)
23 Anthony Wolfe (San Juan Jabloteh)

Forwards:

12 Collin Samuel (Dundee United, Scotland)
13 Cornell Glen (LA Galaxy, USA)
14 Stern John (Coventry City, England)
15 Kenwyne Jones (Southampton, England)
20 Jason Scotland (St Johnstone, Scotland)

The TTFF is ruining T&T’s football. Hence I expect a sad display on June 1st..and sadly, ultimately for the team to not qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Mr. Austin Jack Warner is a corrupt, egotistical asshole and megalomanic that needs to be removed for Trinidad’s football to advance.

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