O captain, my captain. What defines the best footballing captains in the world? A man who can be in the high-profile position of England’s captain, sitting at the foot of a humiliating defeat, and respond with a statement of this quality.
I am definitely not one to pay compliments to any player on Liverpool, but this Stevie G is one class act. After the humiliating loss to Germany (even with the goal that should have been allowed) the captain of England was front and center taking the beating like a man.
“Everyone in the dressing room was hurting afterwards, the coaching staff and the players. We’ll go away in the summer and analyze things personally and as a team.
“Who is to blame, the manager or the players? Everyone is to blame. We came into this tournament with big togetherness and it would be very unfair of me to pick out individuals. For me it’s the group. If we’d have won we’d have all got pats on the back so we have to take the responsibility and the grief ourselves.“
That’s exactly what I would like to hear my captain say. “We” this and “we” that. No fingers were pointed, no excuses made, he simply said we should have done better.
I agree that they should have, look at the squad, but it takes a man to say what he said.
But it takes a man’s man, a true leader, a legitimate captain to go on and say this:
“If you look at the game as a whole we’ve been beaten by the better team. We had good parts of the game where we passed the ball well and got into good areas. At 2-1 if Frank’s goal would have counted it could have been a turning point in the game, but we can’t use that as an excuse. They’ve scored four goals and we only got one, which tells it’s own story. We made too many mistakes as a team. Germany were more organised than us and were clinical.”
England at least has one thing to be proud of and that is their captain.