But at least he cares.
I care, but I don't see anyone calling for me to pull on a shirt. Heskey cared at one point and he was always slated. When Cole came on at the World Cup what difference did he make? He didn't set the world alight like all the players that went and played.
What's the point of a high ranking and qualifying if it's followed by choking against a whole bunch of nobodies? Need I remind you of the last five results?
England 0-0 Montenegro (rank 40)
Switzerland 1-3 England (rank 21)
England 4-0 Bulgaria (rank 54)
England 2-1 Hungary (rank 51)
Germany 4-1 England (rank 3)
Slovenia 0-1 England (rank 19)
Algeria 0-0 England (rank 35)
England 1-1 United States (rank 18)
Look at what Germany did to a team ranked four places - four - below them, while England scrape draws with the USA, Algeria and Montenegro. And while they might tonk four past Slovakia or Bulgaria in friendlies and qualifiers, big, pressure games see them barely turn up - drawing 0-0 with Montenegro, a team that didn't even exist in 2007, is inexcusable. Of course team captain and drugs cheat Rio Ferdinand tried exactly that - to excuse it by way of the linesman missing an obvious penalty 75 minutes into a game they should have had wrapped up long since.
Just for reference, imagine what would have happened to a club manager if the above looked like this:
Liverpool 0-0 Scunthorpe United (rank 40)
Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool (rank 21)
Liverpool 4-0 Walsall (rank 54)
Liverpool 2-1 Southampton (rank 51)
Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool (rank 3)
Hull City 0-1 Liverpool (rank 19)
Ipswich Town 0-0 Liverpool (rank 35)
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley (rank 18)
I think it's very naive to compare club management to national management. The time you spend with players is very very different and the time you get to gel them as a team is too. The gap between games is obviously different.
And the rankings, to play the BEST to at least TOP players from a nation such as Montenegro can't compare to the budgeted and throw together squad of Scunthorpe. Also you pulled the last results from totally different situations and competitions as well as having a different group of players for each.
I mean look at South Africa for example, when that finished the players can swan back to their clubs on a pay roll, for International duty... there's not much incentive... International football and management is completely different.
South Africa was an embarrassment, off the back of one of the best qualifying campaigns in England's history. None of the players involved in the group games - or at least those over 25 - should ever wear an England shirt again.
But again my point is I'd rather have got there than say watch from home like the players from all the nations that 'care'.