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Villa's Finest Sink England

Aston Villa's Scott Carson and Gareth Barry combined to help rob fans of the chance to cheer the country in Euro 2008 during England's 3-2 loss against Croatia at Wembley tonight.

Goalkeeper Carson's early clanger and subsequent comedic performance must surely leave Villa fans wondering if their club really should give Liverpool £10million in January to secure his services on a permanent basis.

Carson allowed Nico Kranjcar to open the scoring from distance after just eight minutes. The Croatian fired a speculative shot from distance and Carson, failing to remember the basics by not getting his body behind the ball, parried the attempt into the net.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Ian Wright said: "Croatia were always going to shoot from anywhere and I at least thought he'd (Carson) do the basics and get the body behind the ball. But he didn't and he's paid the price."

The answer to Villa's goalkeeping problems was arguably at fault for Croatia's second goal when the defence blundered an attempt to catch Hamburg's Ivica Olic offside. His poor position helped the striker to round him and knock the ball into the net.

Of course, England fought their way back into the game, somehow, but Croatia grabbed the winner with another long-range effort after 77 minutes. While Carson was unsighted for Mladen Petric's 25-yard shot, but it could be argued that he should have been in a better position to see the attack.

Gareth Barry, who was put out of his misery by Steve McClaren at half-time, did little but lose possession while he was on the pitch. The Villa skipper quickly reverted to type following mildly successful performances in recent internationals.

While on the subject of Villa let-downs, the big question now is whether Martin O'Neill will replace Steve McClaren - as some sections of the media are calling for.

Of course, it would be hilarious to see who American football fan and Villa owner Randy Lerner would give the job to - but the good of the national team must come first. Whether O'Neill wouldn't be a good choice for the FA - if McClaren does go - is open to question. Well, many, many questions...

Whatever happen, tonight will be remembered as the night when the club boasting to be breeding the England internationals of the future helped eliminate the England team of the day. Thanks, guys, thanks very much.

Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Thursday November 22 2007
Time: 12:11AM


He's our Ronaldo, England are S@1X
22/11/2007 00:15:00
ouch - a touch harsh arent we mate? i know they are your rivals but come on... carson made a horrible error for the 1st goal, but it wasnt his fault that we lost and went out really was it? personally - as i have said all week - he shouldnt have been in this position anyway, the no.1 should have been david james - simple as... good luck to carson in the future tho, i am sure he will bounce back.
22/11/2007 00:17:00
also did you get my email Jasper's Parrot? im looking to do a pre-match question and answers thing with you ahead of the match at the weekend... if you didnt get it come onto vital pompey and email me through that, or send me a private message in the vital pompey forum. cheers.
22/11/2007 00:18:00
(replied to email)...You may have a point there. It's not Carson's fault he was picked. He shouldn't have been and that could ruin his career. Needed a player with experience, not a rookie who was clearly showing nerves of a jelly.
Jasper's Parrot
22/11/2007 00:25:00
i hope it doesnt ruin his career - for his own personal sake and england's, as he is a top class keeper... thanks for the reply mate - you will have got one back by now. we'll sort this out these questions tomorrow, i look forward to seeing what you have to say in the answers after ive sent you the questions.
22/11/2007 00:31:00
I think that article proves what an idiot you are Jasper,you werent writing too many articles after we beat yez.
22/11/2007 00:33:00
Sad sight when a washed up American pub league player can outperform someone who is apparently one of the most sought-after midfielders in the Premier League! Barry to a top-four club: yer 'aving a laff!
The Blues Brother
22/11/2007 00:37:00
Yeah, this is clearly a total ***** take as nobody was good apart from Crouch. But putting rivalry aside it was painful to watch. Need a proper manager in now and one with a decent record, and a recent record, in England. Which in my mind rules out O'Neill. Not an anti-Villa thing, just think he has been away too long. All of the players tonight need to look at themselves closesly. Were too many God-awful performances out there. Hopefully some good will come of it. But it won't. USA 94 did nothing. We're in the rut well and truly.
22/11/2007 00:41:00
Id be delighted if MoN was not considered good enough,but I think he'll be off unless the FA can wrestle Lippi out of your grasp.
22/11/2007 00:46:00
Okay then. I'm not an England fan but did watch it due to the Villa players. Mistake. Sure, Carson was to blame for the first goal, hard to deny. Second goal was bridge. Third goal is a matter of opinion - different keepers like to position differently. As for Barry, the entire midfield was as shambles and McClaren got it totally, totally wrong by using such a system. So while I disagree with the criticism of Barry and Carson, I won't rant because I find the result kind of hilarious!!!!
22/11/2007 00:51:00
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