21 August, 2005

Give that man a Donut

A new feature at Donutball. For a standout performance, sheer audacity, or just plain stupidity. Whatever it is, every week there is one lucky sports' personality who deserves the words : "Give that man a Donut".

This week, following England soccer team's second half collapse against Denmark:

Sven Goran Eriksson

Not only did England soccer coach Sven insert "Calamity" David James in goal as a sub in Wednesday's game against the Danes, but after James put in the usual horror show of a display, the Swede claims that he'll keep the hapless 'keeper in the squad.

James came on as a second-half substitute against Denmark with the game still goalless.

He was at fault with the first goal and looked ill at ease throughout the 45 minutes he was on the pitch as England suffered their heaviest defeat under Eriksson.

James accepted his share of the blame but was subsequently pilloried for admitting he had not prepared properly for the friendly international.

Yet, Eriksson stands by his man.

Pressed on whether he could take James into the World Cup Finals or the match at the Millennium Stadium, Eriksson said: "I always said that David James after the Austria game last season was very professional, working very hard and trying to come back.

"What happened in Denmark happened. I don't what to talk about David James or whoever in the second half. I think it's a collective disaster."


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