Franz Beckenbauer Blasts England’s ‘Kick And Rush’ Football

Chris Wright

15th, June 2010


By Chris Wright

German legend Franz Beckenbauer has heavily criticised England’s style of play after witnessing their opening World Cup game against America on Saturday evening.

England more-or-less farted their way to a 1-1 draw with the USA in their first Group C encounter, a performance that Beckenbauer found far from impressive.

In his column for South African newspaper The Times, ‘Der Kaiser’ wrote;

“What I saw of the English against the USA had very little to do with football. It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards into the bad old days of kick and rush.

I am not sure if the England coach Fabio Capello can still change much there.

The English are being punished for the fact that there are very few English players in the Premier League as clubs use better foreign players from all over the world.”

For my money, Beckenbauer is pretty much spot on for once. Watching England repeatedly lump it up to Emile Heskey all night (with no sign of a plan B) was down-right demoralising.

However, one thing I would point out to old Franz is, though Germany’s 4-0 victory over Australia was highly impressive, goals from a couple of Poles and a Brazilian hardly smacks of ‘homegrown talent’ now does it?

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  1. Deckard says:

    You make a point, but a number of the goals came from the creative brain of Mesut Ozil. Who as far as I know has Turkish roots but was born in Germany. I wonder if Franze had made these comments had Germany only got a small and uninspiring win over Australia instead of the thus far best performance of the WC.

    About England, if they insist on bombing them up front, then I’d think Crouch would be your man. I don’t think Heskey’s chances for the next game look good anyway after missing a sitter against the USA. I’m still waiting on Rooney to come to live.

  2. Pete says:

    In my opinion you can label Podolski and Klose as homegrown talents. They were both born in Poland but their first youth teams were German ones.

    @Deckard: I guess Beckenbauer wouldn’t have made these comments if we hadn’t beaten the Aussies in that way.

    Anyway, I’m positive that England will improve over time.

    Wish you all the best!

  3. Flave says:

    It’s a matter on how you define “home-grown”…

    Argentina for instance plays with 90% players that play in Europe…
    Most of them leave at ages between 18 and 22 (Messi, Tevez, Mascherano etc.)… So basically it doens’t matter, whether they play in their home league, but rather if they play at all for a decent team…

    Still i believe that the development of young players in England is admirable…

    I think Englands problem is more the fact, that as so many foreign players do play in England, english football does not have a real identity or basic concept. So not all players blend together…

    there is no real “guideline” on how a typical “english player” plays, so obviously, not all of them will perform well as a team…
    Germany for instance has mainly physically strong players with less technical finesse, while brazilian or argentinian players are great techicians, but phyisically inferior…

    So in Englands particular case, i would say it would have been smarter to select 23 players that can actually play together, rather then just selecting the 23 best individual performers…

  4. Mike Dee says:

    Two world wars and 1 world cup

  5. Deckard says:

    I don’t agree on the Brazilians and Argentinians physically inferior part. Well, not anymore. Dunga’s side is all about strength and playing to win. The Samba Soccer is a thing of the past. That’s why he plays with 2 holding midfielders for example, has taken another 2 for extra cover, and has rock solid defense in Lucia and Juan who are both physically very strong players. Their backs aren’t merely wingers pushed back a little but they know how to defend too. In fact Both Maicon and Alves are world-class defenders in my mind an one doesn’t even get into the team. On Argentina’s part, the likes of Samuel, Demichelis and Mascherano command a big physical presence. And it’s a shame that a destroyer like Cambiasso was left at home.

    About Messi, he actually left Argentina when he was 12 I believe. He settled near Barca’s training complex and his father was guaranteed a job. But even though he left at such a young age, I bet only one national anthem gives him goose bumps – Argentina’s.

  6. Ste says:

    Beeing a German I have to say: don`t take the Kaiser too serious. Over the years we learned not to listen to him because he hardly is satisfied with anything happening on the pitch later than the 70s.

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