Fowler versus Eriksson

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Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has publicly make it clear that he believes England boss Sven Goren Eriksson is not the great manger he is hyped up to be.

Speaking in his column in Wednesday’s Liverpool Echo, Fowler said that if England go on to win the World Cup, it will ‘œbe in spite of Eriksson rather because of him’ and that the Swede is unexplainably playing Steven Gerrard out of position.

Fowler said, “If England are going to upset the odds and deliver on the biggest stage of all, it will be in spite of Eriksson rather because of him.

“Victory over Paraguay last weekend in the opening Group game and another positive result against Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow evening will see England progress with a game to spare and that would represent mission accomplished.

“If you look at a midfield of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, David Beckham and Joe Cole, then think that Wayne Rooney is going to be back shortly, there is plenty of flair and skill to take opposition teams apart.

“Will we see it in Germany? It’s doubtful. Too often once Plan A doesn’t work, there isn’t a Plan B and I can’t understand w hy Eriksson doesn’t allow Stevie to do for his country what he does so magnificently for Liverpool.

“Think of all the midfielders playing in the tournament and then try to name two or three better than Stevie. Almost impossible, isn’t it? I just can’t fathom why Eriksson continues to place so much defensive responsibility on him.”

England play their second game of the tournament tomorrow, against Trinidad & Tobago with a 5pm kick-off.

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