The Underrated

The Spoiler’s Best Mismanaged England XI ever!

These men have ample reason to grumble… 

Mismanaged XI

Well, nice one England, you’ve done it again. You’ve wasted another yet another glorious player, and Steven Gerrard is now doomed to spend his autumn years mumbling in pubs about what might have been, alongside Le Tissier, McManaman, Fowler, and nobody’s favourite evangelist, Glenn Hoddle.

Above is The Spoiler‘s dream XI of players either mismanaged or completely overlooked by England managers past and present. In goal, Scott Carson is unlikely to recover from the most bizarre and dreadful competitive international debut against Croatia (McClaren’s final insult), Arsenal’s Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn were criminally blanked by the likes of Bobby Robson and Terry Venables. Absolutely everyone ignored Steve Bruce, ridiculously. And Carragher should be playing in place of JT in tomorrow’s game. But he isn’t. He’s been broken.

The midfield could have boasted a number of brilliant flair players, but we’ve gone for Hoddle, McManaman and Le Tissier to play with Gerrard. All three would have shone brightly in South American teams, and that’s saying something. Le Tissier, in particular, was ridiculously underrated – somewhat ironically by Hoddle, just before the 1998 world cup.

Up front, there’s Robbie Fowler – the “most naturally gifted” forward ever, an Anfield legend, never given a proper run. And, somewhat contentiously, we’ve gone for Collymore, who wasted his own talents, but on his day was absolutely brilliant.

Agree? Or, indeed, not? Let us know…

8 responses so far
  • Lee // October 14, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Its worth sending to the FA…before they fuck things up more.

  • Dirk Diggler // October 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    not a bad shout, good choices!

    Gerrard hasn’t shone for England but tell me anyone that really has in the last few years?

  • Gooner89 // October 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hoddle and Gerrard wouldnt work together in the centre…hold on this sounds familar!!!!

  • mike // October 14, 2008 at 1:04 pm


    What about that ginger fella, only the most technically gifted englishmen of the last couple of decades…?

  • Zorro de la Red // October 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    he’s short, he’s fat, he’s a f***ing Ginger Tw@t, Paul Scholes, Paul Scholes!

  • 3lions // October 15, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I thought gerrard played every game for england when fit, about time he got dropped tho as he useless for england, he only got it 4 the shitty red scouse team so let him stay there, barry a better option & lampard, le tissier woz too fat to play at international level woz to busy eating the pies lol, fowler woz total pants aswell & cant believe you mentioned collyflower!! you wouldnt happen to be a liverpoo fan would ya? i dont like man utd but scholes was & still is 100 times the player gerrard could ever dream of being.

  • Richard, UK // October 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Manager: Brian Clough

  • djsosumi // October 15, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Ryan Giggs. Blame his Dad for the bad management

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