Dead duck makes heavy weather of qualifying

England manager Fabio Capello on the touchline during the Euro 1012 Qualifier at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158447447 for further information.
England manager Fabio Capello on the touchline during the Euro 1012 Qualifier at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158447447 for further information.
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England 2 Switzerland 2 – hardly the sort of result to restore faith in Fabio Capello. This was another poor effort from a modest team and a manager who has been a dead duck for some time.

The decision not to start Ashley Young and play James Milner – who has had a wretched first season at Manchester City – was bizarre.

Young came on to score and generally inspire a comeback.

England are making heavy weather of qualifying for Euro 2012 – in stark contrast to the likes of Spain, Italy, France, Holland and Germany.

We are way behind those countries and have scarcely moved on from a nightmare at last summer’s World Cup.

Just qualifying – something we failed to do for the last Europeans – will be something.

Beyond that, I give England zero chance of winning the tournament next summer.

I watched Spain thrash the USA 4-0 on Saturday and they are in another universe to spluttering England.

Three of their goals came from two outstanding players who were not deemed good enough for last summer’s World Cup – Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Seville’s Alvaro Negredo, who would be a great buy for a Premier League club.

Huge mistakes have been made. The biggest was not firing Capello after the World Cup.

A new start should have been made, but that has not happened under a coach who has just not come to terms with international management.

We are now reaping the disappointing harvest of the failure to make a change.

Where I do applaud the FA is them having the courage of their convictions in opposing the re-election of Sepp Blatter last Wednesday.

The Fifa president’s return to office is a stain on the game.

Shame on those 186 nations who took the pragmatic view of voting him back in amid all the current sleaze.

So what if the English are seen as naive and bad losers over not winning the 2018 World Cup bid.

At least the FA spoke up – and for that we should be proud of them.