ADNAN JANUZAJ AND THE STATE OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL
Last night marked the unveiling of my stance towards the recent debate about whether or not England should include Adnan Januzaj in the national team should it become a realistic possibility in the future. In a completely spontaneous and unrelenting attack on my keyboard, I took to Twitter to unleash this unique, original, and extremely truthful opinion onto the world (the epitome of modesty). This article is short, yes, due to it being, as I previously mentioned, an uncensored Twitter rant but due to my kind hearted, philanthropic nature, I thought of those unfortunate people who do not follow the Twitter counterpart of this blog and have decided to share it with you all accordingly. I hope you enjoy it and that it even ruffles a few of your feathers.
The following took place between 00:15 and 00:30 – UK time – on 10/10/2013 and appeared on Twitter exactly as follows, word for word when inside quotation marks (pictures added for aesthetic effect of course).
“All of this Januzaj business is really a way of uncovering how little we think of ourselves as a footballing nation. Belgium, despite their incredible squad of players at this time, would never have been considered an equal, certainly not [a] better team than England in the past. My point is that the fact we are getting so worked up about potentially ‘signing up’ a player who until his two goals the other day, no one can [gave] a flying f*** about.”
(screenshot taken from http://www.11v11.com/teams/england/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Belgium)
“I had seen him preseason and he looked good, proved he could turn out decent in the future, but all in all, if we are pinning our hopes on a player that hopefully isn’t good enough for the Belgium team, I think that speaks volumes for the direction our national team is taking. And that is down. We moan about foreign players coming into the BPL and restricting the development and opportunity of our domestic players. Yet all this Januzaj malarkey is telling me is that its alright as long as we get them in young enough. If people step back and take a look at both [of] these recent talking points, its clear to see why we are apparently in decline as a footballing nation. Those at the top are so beyond hypocritical its almost funny. They need to decide and quickly, whether we want to encourage grass roots football or just simply take players from other countries at a young enough age to give us even the slightest chance of putting together a competitive XI.”
This screen shot comes from – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2337156/Roy-Hodgson-David-Bernstein-want-English-talent-given-chance-Premier-League.html – but accentuates my argument made on Twitter when comparing it to the screenshot immediately below.
This snippet was taken from – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24416142 – and highlights how fickle English football seems to be at the moment. Again, the fact this comes from the same person, with only 3 months between them, makes the situation even more laughable.
“Again, this all highlights the comical state our football unfortunately finds itself in. And even more unfortunate is that fact that until someone makes a decision on the direction we wish to take, I am afraid not only will these desperate claims to foreign players continue, but we will stay in this ridiculous situation for the remainder of the foreseeable future. Its time to grow a pair and relight the flame of English football, Belgians or no Belgians lets just hurry up and f****** decide.”
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