Time Out’s resident pundit Vinny Maddage gives us this week’s lowdown
The main issue
Booing one of your own players has never made sense to me. Until now. There is one player who continues to irk supporters of his club and his country, and he’s got me rapidly turning to dissent. Who? Emile Heskey. Why? Frankly, he just shouldn’t be starting. (Peter Crouch should).
Let’s face it, Emile has given up trying to win the hearts of England fans. In fact, he’s now trying to appeal to a whole new market: providing row Z spectators in stadia all over SA with match ball souvenirs – one way of making friends. Injuring your own captain is another quick path to scoring brownie points with rivals, which will no doubt be his most notable contribution this summer. As a fan you give your all to your country, hoping the 11 in front of you do the same. Yet too often with England I end up feeling dejected and let down by individual efforts. I fear Emile will be the carrier of such disappointment this year – let’s hope he proves me wrong.
The possible upset
While many will see the Ivory Coast as the most capable of the outsiders in this tournament, I can’t help but think that brutal group D could provide the greater story. If Germany are world football’s Goliath, then Serbia, in their first outing as an independent nation, could be the David. They have artistry and craft in midfield (Stankovic and Krasic), mayhem aplenty upfront with 200cm Zigic and real steel in the back with Vidic and Ivanovic. If Coach Antic can harness this technically gifted squad, we may have a genuine upset in Port Elizabeth on June 18. Tournament football certainly brings out the best in the Germans, but without the talisman Ballack, an emerging Serbia (albeit at 66/1 for the World Cup) may just trump this fading giant.
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alex Jun 20, 2010 04:58 pm
Not a bad shout! Next tip??
fred Jun 20, 2010 04:50 pm
what a massive call! how on earth did you know serbia would do one against the germans after both their starts???
guess you really do know what you are talking about.
as a neutral, its awful watching heskey.
england have so much better.
andy Jun 20, 2010 09:29 am
HATS OFF! You predicted the Serbia match spot on?! Nobody would have thought that esp after the Germany 4-0 win and Serbia going down to Ghana. INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE and WORD.
What is your next tip.
Also on thIs Heskey chat, you are right. He tries, but that's about it. No technical ability and he's a mid-table reject. He has to be dropped. Am sure he will.
Whats your next call Maddage?
leona Jun 17, 2010 09:19 pm
agree with you totally! Crouch over Heskey anytime!
sidney shaw Jun 17, 2010 08:34 pm
are you kidding me?! heskey created more chances and played a much better game than rooney. where was this world class player of ours during the whole match?! granted, he had ONE good strike; heskey was all over that ball as if he was the dominant forward.