Alan Shearer has been slated by the usual suspects after saying he would be willing to do anything to help England.
In the aftermath of England’s embarrassing defeat by Iceland and Hodgson’s resignation, the Newcastle legend revealed that ‘four or five years ago’ he’d offered his service to the FA but been instantly turned down for the England job due to a lack of experience.
Alan Shearer going on to say that despite the knockback, he would be up for being any part of trying to turn the national team around.
As for the usual suspects having a go at him, this embarrassing headline from the Sunderland Echo sums them up:
‘His only management experience is taking Mags down but Alan Shearer wants England job’.
Shearer knew back in 2009 that he faced a thankless task when having only eight matches to save Newcastle, knowing full well he was taking on a squad of chancers and cheats but still doing it because he can’t stop himself from doing anything that would help the club he supports.
I think by now we can all clearly see that the only club team Alan Shearer would ever want to manage is Newcastle United and the only other role he would contemplate would be with his country, which he cares almost as much about.
When you see Shearer speaking about either Newcastle or England you can see it is something that means a lot more than a possible job and advancement for himself – god help us if they gave it to an Allardyce or Pardew – might as well give it back to Steve McClaren.
Unlike the Newcastle and England players who have failed to do so, Alan Shearer wears his heart on his sleeve.
Newcastle’s players need to do that this coming season and England’s also have to if the national side is to move forward.
The parallels are obvious, both Newcastle and England players have shown that they believe their ‘superior’ ability was enough to see them beat so-called lesser opposition.
Newcastle clearly didn’t have much better players than their relegation rivals last season and the near miss of 2014/15 backs that up, whilst it is a joe to suggest that England have players of the same technical ability as the likes of Germany and Italy.
Alan Shearer speaking on BBC Sport:
“I went to see the Football Association four or five years ago and said I want the England job. They looked at me and said: ‘No, you haven’t got the experience’.
“I said you have hired experienced managers, spent a fortune on them and I could not have done any worse.
“I would speak to the FA now, definitely. I’d offer my experience, tournament experience. Even if Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate gets it.”
“That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen from an England team. Ever. It was tactically inept.
“We were out-fought, out-thought, out-battled and totally hopeless for 90 minutes. I said after the three group games that England weren’t good enough.”
Making it up:
“It looked to me like Roy was making it up as he was going along.
“How can he pick Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere?
“We had players in the squad who didn’t deserve to be there. Manchester City’s winger Raheem Sterling hasn’t performed. We can go on and on. Then there was Tottenham striker Harry Kane on corners… the list is endless.
“Our players caved tonight. We’ve all played under pressure, they caved and the manager caved. He gave Manchester United teenage striker Marcus Rashford four minutes and he still did more than anyone else.”
Blinded by the Premier League:
“We are blinded by the Premier League. We think it’s the best in the world for talent. It’s not. We are totally reliant on foreign players and managers for excitement. We are not as good as we think we are.”
“What is England assistant Gary Neville doing? He is one of the best defenders we have had.
“Surely they have worked on set-pieces all week? We knew what Iceland were going to do (first goal). For the second goal, there is no pressure on the ball at all. No marking, no organisation, no leader. That was embarrassing.
“Keeper Joe Hart should save it, but his defenders should do a lot more.
“It cannot be right that by the fourth game of the tournament you are still scrambling around looking for the best players and systems.”
“Daniel Sturridge doesn’t want to play on the right. He’s a striker. We have got to pick players who are in form. We have done that for years and years.”
“Iceland were outstanding, every single one of them. They fought for their team.”