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Saturday 29 November 2014

Joe Cole hints at 'issues' in England camp

Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judges the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judged the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judged the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger signs autographs at the England v Germany second round match, World Cup 2010
TV pundit Chris Kamara with fans ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
Bastian Schweinsteiger's girlfriend Sarah Brandner (C) and Silvia Meichel, girlfriend of Mario Gomez of Germany, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger pictured at the England v Germany second round match, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Toni Poole, wife of John Terry, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Melanie (L) girlfriend of Piotr Trochowski, Silvia Meichel (C), girlfriend of Mario Gomez, and Anna Maria Lagerblom, girlfriend of Mesut Oezil attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Germany v England, World Cup 2010

Joe Cole last night suggested that England were simply not good enough to progress deep into the World Cup and hinting of problems in the camp.

Cole, whose role in South Africa has been limited to 44 minutes as a substitute in the last two games, said there were "a lot of issues", though did not specify and was reluctant to "go into tactics", as he put it. On the issue of whether the manager, Fabio Capello, should stay, Cole said: "I think that's a question for the manager. He is a great manager and we have got great players but there are issues we need to address.

"We just weren't good enough. We have to look at ourselves as a group and we weren't good enough from the start of the friendlies, the six games we've played, so it is back to the drawing board."



Opinions varied among the England players about the significance of the Frank Lampard goal which did not stand, with John Terry insistent that it "could have changed the game. If it had gone two-all we'd have come in at half-time, regrouped and gone again."



The German manager, Joachim Löw's, interpretation of the game included an acknowledgement that England had been done an injustice. "Yes, as far as I could see from the television replays, this ball was across the line. It should have been awarded and given as a goal," he said. But Löw said that he had targeted England's defence as a weakness.



"We knew that the midfielders – Gerrard and Lampard – always support the forwards and that their midfield would be open," he said. "There would be spaces. Our objective was to set Terry up with [Miroslav] Klose to force him to come out of the defence. We knew the full-backs would be very much to the side, and that would create space that we could penetrate. We could have been 3-0 up in the first half. We did penetrate them.



"We knew that we would have to try and tackle the English early on in midfield and take away any space they would have beyond midfield. We knew they might become impatient and lose their discipline. We did that successfully. Fabio Capello is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable. I bow down to him."

Source: Independent

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