The David Beckham era is over, the Walcott era had begun…

…according to the Daily Telegraph after England’s clash tonight with Croatia. After delivering a hat-trick wearing the number 7 shirt Theo Walcott may not be prepared to give it back to David Beckham. And in fairness, why would he…

Thats a hat-trick!

That's a hat-trick!

Among with a lot of people in England I did not see the match. It was televised on Setanta which reaches about 3 million homes and no wonder that created more than one newspaper article along the lines of ‘what a tremendous sell out that is’. Even without the pictures of the match I wonder about the difference between picking players based on experience and perceived performance levels and players that are young, hungry and have perhaps yet to prove that they are capable of displaying the same performance. Sven had Walcott in his England Euro Cup Team and even if he by many wasn’t regarded as a good enough player at that time I wonder what he could have done had he been given a chance. One year ago we had a very young and inexperienced Home Internationals team that took on the other Home Nations in Ireland. The team played with a lot of bottle and ended up winning the event. This year we also had a young and inexperienced team but there was a bit more of a mix with some more experienced players as well. We didn’t win and even worse I do not think we performed anywhere near our potential. And when studying the stats afterwards it is clear that the more experienced players did not deliver what you need to win such an event. Were they tired? Perhaps. Did they feel inspired enough to perform? Maybe. Was it just another event in a long line of tournaments in the season?I think yes. For the young guns it wouldn’t have been and I am pretty sure because of that on many occasions – inspiration beats experience!

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