What new era?

I dipped into the England friendly on Setanta this evening.  I wondered whether they were showing a replay and I would find out that the England manager is still Steve McClaren – or even Sven.

This is the team:

David James, Wes Brown, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Jermaine Defoe.

So with Barry’s possible exception, you might have seen this team play in Germany in 2006, or the Euro’s in Portugal 4 years ago.  A team full of international failures – and premiership (or US) megastars.  And in one other revolutionary announcement, replacing John Terry as England’s new permanent skipper was…John Terry.  So Capello is making his presence felt and shaking things up!

It was also announced this evening that Brian Barwick was to stand down as Chief Executive of the FA.  Now that could be significant.

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