Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sleeping pills to blame?
October 18th, 2012 12:13AM

TAGS:  england, world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Poland-England] A day after England's World Cup qualifier game against Poland was postponed because of a waterlogged field in Warsaw, the teams played to a 1-1 tie described by England coach Roy Hodgson as arguably the worst outing of his short tenure. The listless performance was blamed by the British media in part on sleeping pills some of the players had to take to get them to sleep after taking caffeine tablets in anticipation of the night game that never took place.

England captain Steven Gerrard wasn't trying to look for excuses, however, after the Poles pulled even on Kamil Glik's equalizer with 20 minutes to play.

"When you're fired up, pumped up, you've had your massages and you're ready to go, that's not ideal, but we're professionals," said Gerrard, who earned his 99th cap. "We're playing at the top level and we had to get ourselves up for this, but I didn't think we were totally at the races. I slept fine. I won't use the delay and conditions as an excuse. The reason we didn't win was because we didn't pass it when we went in front.

Gerrard didn't want to use the field conditions as an excuse, either.

"They were difficult conditions and a difficult pitch -- it was slippery, wet, cutting up -- so it wasn't ideal," he added, "but we can't use that as an excuse. I thought Poland dealt with the conditions and played to the conditions slightly better than us. We never passed the ball well enough, for whatever reason."

Goalie Joe Hart took the blame for not getting to Ludovic Obraniak's corner that was nodded in by Glik.

"It's my fault," he told ITV.

Unbeaten in 11 matches under Hodgson, England leads Group H with eight points, one more than Montenegro, which has played a game less.

1 comment
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: October 18, 2012 at 10:51 a.m.
    What in the name in all that is holy in sport isthe England Team taking pep pills before a match?! Then they take downers to come off the uppers! Sounds like they have a squad full of junkies. Drug testing, please!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
USA-Mexico: The titleholders    
Eighteen of the 23 players on Mexico's team for Saturday's Concacaf Cup have played on title-winning ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"For the most part, the competition part of it is somewhat useless. I guess the part ...
Business Report: Michael Bradley signs with Puma    
U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley signed a long-term contract with Puma to wear its latest ...
USA-Mexico: Who's got the edge at each position    
Soccer is a team game, a collective test of 11-v-11, and in one of the biggest ...
NBC Deportes will air all 52 Under-17 World Cup games    
NBC Deportes will air all 52 games from the Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off Oct. ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I think that this is a tremendous challenge that we've embarked on and I'm not ready ...
What They're Saying: Stephen Flamhaft    
"They have not in any shape or form condemned Blazer. That's offensive to me. I'm a ...
Fox Sports and Univision ready for Concacaf Cup    
Saturday's USA-Mexico for the Concacaf Cup, on the docket for more than two months, will draw ...
Honduras stands in way of U.S. Olympic berth    
The USA, which failed to qualify for two of the last three men's Olympic soccer tournaments, ...
Video Pick: How the U.S. U-19s lost 8-1 to Germany    
It was a rough outing indeed for the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann in the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives