English Football Team Eliminated; Goalkeeper Blames Videogames

November 29, 2007 -
Last week, the England national side failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after losing 3-2 to Croatia.

Numerous theories have been bandied about by sports pundits as to why this may have occurred. These range from poor team management to a failure to nurture home-grown talent, to the team, y'know, just not being very good...

But it seems that otherwise obscure West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, who didn't even play in the final match, has the answer:

Video games...
I think we would have the best team if we could go into every household and throw away every PlayStation, Xbox and video game. We have the players and the best league in the world. The way the game is played here is so different though.

Watching the Premier League is like Formula One - it's that quick - and then you go to an international game and it's like a game of chess.

Of course, it's a quote of two halves, and his second half is even better than the first - if Green clutches opposing shots the way he clutches straws, he's a shoe-in for the next England team...
Other countries seem to bring on world class players, countries like Brazil and Argentina where, often, it's football or nothing - in contrast, we live in a country where we have choices, and perhaps the will to do it and the need to escape from situations you're in are not so clear.

If we all dispose of our games consoles, then we can all play football just as well as the man himself.

-GP UK correspondent Mark Kelly

Comments

Yes, because sports are the most important thing ever...

/sarcasm

I'm waiting for someone to blame video games for their lack of skill at video games...

Then, truly, the circle will be complete.

How are video games to blame?

Man... Last night my team on Team Fortress 2 was so bad. If they would all stop playing that darn sports we could have won that match of 2fort.

*shoe, meet other foot*

That video looks like karma kicking him in the butt.

...... I rubbed my eyes, then looked at the article one more time. I honestly think we've run out of excuses for losing. 'Cuz there's a total douchebag blaming console gaming for a loss. Wow.

@West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green

Admit it, chummie. You suck balls. Not only you blamed videogames, you also refused to be human by not admitting your mistakes.

I have to say that this is by far the poorest article I have ever come across on Game Politics. To be honest I expect far better

@Conejo

Ahem, the English are obsessed with that shite so called sport called cricket, but us Scots (who are also British) prefer manly games like Rugby and Football (the one the US call Soccer).

@Scottland89

Professional football isn't manly, its about running around and diving as soon as an opponent gets a part of his body near you.

And let's not forget that very 'manly' Scottish sport GOLF. :D

Oh and as you might have noticed recently, the English also play Rugby and are not half bad (well gotta be competent at something).

Scotland rocks and all, but England isn't as bad as you think. Plus if you consider the English your 'Auld Enemy' then that makes you prefer the *French*.

Oh dearz. :P

I'm half Scottish btw, I'm not having a go at Scotland and England isn't perfect but I love em both.

CREAG AN TUIRC!

Er on topic the goalie is talking shite, the problem lies with the players not games.

And here I thought I enjoyed England crashing out of Euro 2008 before. Now they're going to explain it away with video games. Can life get any better? I submit that it cannot.

Haha... blaming it on a video game? What's next?

I think he has a point. i may be a bit bias cuz i am an english west ham fan, but there is something to say about it. English players often lack technique but its just what is wrong with the grass roots system in england. Video games dont help, but they certainly arnt the only problem.

if there wasnt video games, some people would certainly go outside and play. Definately not all, but some. playing in the street/field is one of the best ways to get good technique with the ball b/c its usually a small game where you get alot of touches on the ball.

Blaming the problem on video games is a bit rediculous b/c it probably does the opposite sometimes. I now live in the states and the combo of the WC 2006 and fifa 06 has got quite a few of my friends interested in soccer, and are actually playing it semi-regularly now.

The reason we are no good is simple .Too few English players.
and too much money.

Simple

How can you blame video games?

Dan

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