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2 февраля 2016 г. 07:20

Harrison made one of two free throws and Hilliard

Remember when England/Germany meant something?  Two rivals, on and off the field, the fixture has always brought a certain cache. New Balance 574 Niños .  The history.  The footballing pedigree.  Some of the biggest names the game has ever seen.  The match has always been a statement of intent, with bragging rights on the line between nations no stranger to hostility.  The two nations domestic leagues are arguably the most entertaining and watchable in the world.  Yet, the quality and play of the national teams are polar opposites.  Even now, an England-Germany fixture sizzles on the surface.  Until the teams hit the field. A match buried amidst European World Cup qualification playoffs saw a German B team handily beat Englands first team 1-0 Tuesday.  The loss was Englands second of the International break and marked the first back-to-back home defeats for the Three Lions dating back to 1977.  A friendly is a friendly.  You take what you see with a grain of salt, but that doesnt mean true class cant shine through.  The way a team plays trumps the scoreline in such a contest.  Take for example Brazils 2-1 win over Chile at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Tuesday night.  It was a purposeful victory from a team with true ambition.  Quality oozed from every move.  Luiz Felipe Scolari and his side treated the game as much more than merely a spectacle, this was preparation to contend in 2014.  The term "business like" wouldnt do the team justice, no matter who is wearing yellow, each player filled a role and the talent shone through within the context of team-first.  The ball movement superior, the team effort near complete. England meanwhile was blasé, failing to threaten throughout.  Sound familiar? An England team lacking cutting edge and precision, weve seen it all before.  This isnt to compare England and Brazil.  Perhaps its somewhat relevant considering England is a spot better, ranked 10th in FIFAs World rankings.  Its perception versus reality; England is simply and thoroughly mediocre.  Manager Roy Hodgson pointed to Englands inferior passing and finishing as the difference in the loss.  Hes absolutely right.  The lack of quality in these areas has plagued the team for decades.  And even when the team had a finisher like an Alan Shearer, they were missing consistent build-up play and team identity.  Nothing has changed in 2013.  Remember, this was wasnt Germanys first team were talking about and still, England was out-classed.  At home. As tweeted by Rob Harris (@RobHarris) of the Associated Press:"Im going to be an optimist about this" - the tune rings out in Wembley after Englands first consecutive home loss in 36 years. The upbeat lyrics from the track Pompeii by Bastille were preferred to the bands other hit song Flaws.  There is very little to be optimistic for England supporters heading into Brazil.  Unless the December 6th World Cup draw renders a group with Switzerland, Iran and Algeria, England will be in tough to progress.  Even if they do advance, then what?  Its plain to see this team is as second rate as other England out-fits dating back to 1990.  The team was booed off the field after the final whistle from the remaining beleaguered voices at Wembley. They know this team isnt good enough and if it wasnt for an inferior qualifying group, England could very well have been taking part in a playoff match Tuesday, or even worse. Its the same song and dance for the national team.  The domestic league thrives while the supposed best of the best cant get out of first gear internationally.  These are the same players that thrive in the most competitive domestically league in the world.  The England side boasts one of the joint top goal scorers in the Premier League and two of the joint top assist-men.  These are important players for the biggest clubs in England.  Yet when they come together for country, the result falls short of club form.  Its nonsensical when pundits suggest the downfall in the development of English players is due to too many foreign players in the Premier League.  This excuse needs to stop.  The jobs of top English players arent being threatened by a foreign legion.  Thats an excuse saved for those not good enough.  Top English players star, and play alongside top foreign recruits in the BPL. 15 players active in Tuesdays European World Cup playoffs ply their trade in the Premier League.  Six Brazilians taking centre stage at the Rogers Centre belong to Premier League teams as well. Ive always been of the mindset you become a better player by playing with the best competition possible.  In training and in games, you need to be pushed.  These foreign players bring the best out of their English brethren and it cant be said foreign Premier League players regularly outshine their English teammates in league play.  But internationally, theres no comparison.  Blame Englands system and formation instead. A basic 4-4-2 is constantly mindlessly rolled out, no matter the manager.  Its predictable, boring, and doesnt suit the strengths of the players.  Englands top player Wayne Rooney is misused and significant talent available is wasted.  Without a generational type player like Cristiano Ronaldo, its about putting players in roles they can thrive.  This boils down to identity.  A national footballing identity for England is absent. What is trademark of England football?  It used to be the unattractive long-ball, which fit the size and strength of the players of previous generations.  This current generation is lost, there is no continuity.  Coaching is part of this.  Englands shortage of top qualified coaches, 1,161 elite coaches in comparison to Spains 12,700 or Germanys 5,500 speaks volumes.  They simply dont know how to get the best out of what they have. Ill give Hodgson some credit: although the style remains as dry as the Sahara and unimaginative as ever, younger players are getting a look.  Case and point is the bright play of Andros Townsend, but hes still relatively unproven and far from a difference maker.  There was too much reliance in the past on the old guard.  No longer are John Terry and Frank Lampard among others the key cogs and thats a good thing.  Only Steven Gerrard remains.  Although Gerrards club form warrants consideration, the Captain doesnt provide the same product for the national team, he never has. So here we are.  Just over six months out from the World Cup, and the bar has lowered for England.  It perhaps has not been lowered for the English media.  And perhaps expectations remain sky-high for those choosing to ignore the inevitable.  The realist looks beyond who plays for England, instead acknowledging the what and how is not good enough.  The bar need be lowered.  This international break has done just that.  Now if we can just keep this in mind come June.  @WheelerTSNgareth.wheeler@bellmedia.ca Nike Air Max 2015 Hombre . TSN platforms will broadcast 75+ live games per season – tripling the networks current slate of MLB games.  With the new deal TSN retains rights to ESPNs SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL and, for the first time, acquires rights to ESPNs MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL and WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL. Nike Air Max 90 VT . A number of magnificent stories emanating from Englands neighbour to the West have been worthy of praise.NEW YORK -- Villanova had been living large on the other side of the 3-point line. The eighth-ranked Wildcats had made 26 3s in their last two games and they shot better than 50 per cent from beyond the arc in the wins over Providence and Seton Hall. Things were different Saturday. With St. Johns playing some tough perimeter defence, the Wildcats made just three of their 14 3-point attempts and down 56-55 with 7:44 to play. "I thought St. Johns played really well. Their defence was outstanding." Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "They did a great job of getting up on all of our people and challenging them." The Wildcats, who were doing a good job of scoring inside when the outside was dry, finally found a way to get going from the outside and a 10-1 run carried them to a 74-67 victory at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) made two 3s in that run and both came off a big play by one of the teams leaders -- Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston. "Players have to make plays and JayVaughn and Ryan did," Wright said. "Im really proud of Jay to be a decision-maker not just a scorer. He kicked it out to Darren for a 3 that was a huge play." First, though, in the run was the play by Arcidiacono. He made a steal near midcourt and then took off for what looked to be a contested layup. "They are a good shot-blocking team and I knew they were coming," the 6-foot-3 guard said. "I thought I could either get it punched or bring it out. I did the smart thing and saw Kris on the other side." Freshman Kris Jenkins, who is averaging just over a 3-pointer this season, buried the 3-pointer that started the 3-point run. Pinkston made his big play after he contributed two free throws to the run. He had the ball inside and rather than go up among a bunch of big men, he passed it out to Darrun Hilliard, whose 3 gave Villanova a 63-56 lead. "Were a tough-minded team and that comes from Coach getting on us in practice and bringing us together," said Pinkston, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nike Roshe Run Mesh Mujer. The Wildcats came into the game having shot better than 50 per cent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. Johns (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half shooting 25.9 per cent from the field (7 of 27) and 22.2 per cent from 3 (2 of 9). The game was close through the first 12 minutes of the second half with neither team having more than a three-point lead until Villanova went on a 10-1 run that gave it a 65-57 lead with 3:13 to go. "At the end they made enough plays and then some timely 3-point daggers, St. Johns coach Steve Lavin said. "They made enough to get the win because we came up empty on our end." The Red Storm missed a lot of shots inside and they went 4:40 without a field goal during Villanovas game-deciding run. Josh Hart added 14 points for the Wildcats while Arcidiacono added 13. DAngelo Harrison had 22 points for the Red Storm, who have lost three straight, while freshman Rysheed Jordan had 12. "I expected to be 3-0 and our whole team expected to be 3-0," said JaKarr Sampson, who had 10 points and nine rebounds. "We have to play with energy and heart, play with a chip on our shoulder. We have to clean up a few things down the stretch. Thats the main thing." Jenkins hit a 3 to start the big run and after two free throws by Pinkston, Hill hit his first 3 in five attempts to make it 63-56 and St. Johns called a timeout. Harrison made one of two free throws and Hilliard capped the rally with two free throws with 3:13 left that made it 65-57. The Red Storm, who finished 2 of 11 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 48-39, got as close as four points the rest of the way. Villanova finished at 35.2 per cent from the field (19 of 54) and 31.3 per cent from 3-point range (5 of 16), breaking their streak of three consecutive games at 50 per cent or better. Villanovas only loss this season was at No. 2 Syracuse. This was the 1,600th win for the Villanova program. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '

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