Date: 6th July 2009 at 5:57pm
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VITAL COLCHESTER has broken the domestic mould, becoming one of the very first to post a contribution to the all-new Vital England website.

This week sees the start of a set of features about England`s emerging talent following the recent England Under 21 Championships, but Matt_U`s, a member of the Vital network since 2006, has other things on his mind.

An extract from the article appears below:-

England – Stakes Raised In Search Of Mr. Somebody




No matter how much opinions might differ on, say, Gazza (almighty orb-juggler or just a wasted talent whose potential became self-consuming) everyone’s got their best-guess suggestions for fringe players ready to make the step up next summer.

Everton’s pair of battling centurions, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka, or Liverpool’s new maybe-man, Glen Johnson, are always touted to go from simple training-bib bearers to genuine XI contenders. And now that Michael Owen’s finished playing Deal or No Deal and gone to Gold Trafford, he might just be skipping the light fandango around the world’s best defences, instead of just dodging treatment tables.

England supporters may also pose other questions. Like how, amid a global credit crisis, Fabio Capello can command his over-sized salary on only a promise-to-pay. The collective skull also scratches in search of an answer to why the 4-4-2 formation – employed by almost every manager unsuccessfully since our one World Cup triumph – pays no dividends, yet had been adopted as an iconic magazine title. We even wonder if most male viewers will shed more sweat during the pre-forecasted penalty exit, (the miss count) than when watching the WAGs cause their tabloid travesties (the missus count).

These debates are all great, really. World Cup and European torments exist arguably to awaken a colourful sporting unity, developed in off-field public conscience as a sideshow from showcasing talent. But such disputes are being, or have been, talked about too much already, surely? So, stop the press. Stifle those yawns. Save the rainforests.

The Wright-Phillips, Young or Beckham right-side battle could be in one Golden Balls handshake and I’ll forgo Cheryl Cole’s curves, probably Photoshoped if she gets ’em out for the lads, to prevent predictability. My worst envisioning has England players beating Germans – to the sun loungers, that is, after another early elimination…

Necessary topics? Perhaps. But not new or stimulating. Nothing to make me put down the Kettle Chips and instantly inspire overdue take up of sport, like maybe football’s distant cousin Danish Longball. Or anything else, for that matter.

Point is, the best competitions, therefore the World Cup, should get everyone excitedly talking so much that the kid inside us wants to jump out and play everything, anew. We’re Pelé, Maradona, Moore, all over again.




To read it in full, visit Vital England at this link.

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