According to today’s papers, as England players assembled in the team hotel in Watford yesterday they were confronted by a notice board as part of a crackdown on “PlayStation culture” telling them:-
Lateness will not be tolerated.
Room service is banned.
- Mobiles can only be used in bedrooms.
- Players must eat together in smart dress and must wear team blazers when in public and at matches.
- Players will be called by their surnames.
- No WAGS, relatives or agents are allowed to visit.
According to the Sun, one “insider” said:
Capello has turned the hotel into a military camp.
Good. I like it. It’s about time our pampered footballers acted responsibly, and particularly on international duty. It could be exactly the kick up the back-side some of them clearly need.
Our national side has become a laughing stock in the last couple of years and if it takes a bit of “old school” discipline to restore some respect and pride in the shirt then I’m all for it.
I couldn’t agree more regarding the PlayStation culture as well. I’m much more of an Xbox 360 man myself – and on FIFA 2008 my England team is good. Very good.
And finally that new England away kit. My first impression is that it’s bl**dy awful. Reminiscent of the late 70s/early 80s kits. You must remember the time – we were really, really bad. I particularly like it that the shirt “has been anatomically cut to emphasise the athleticism of the player”. So in other words don’t bother buying it if you’re a lardy – you’ll look ridiculous.
Help us Fabio Kenobi; you’re our only hope.