Posted by sean on May 31, 2005 at 10:21 pm in England, Football with No Comments

I watched the first half of the England – Columbia friendly this evening. Another disappointing game and another terrible mistake from keeper David James. I think these friendlies should prove one thing if nothing else – David James is shite and should never wear the England shirt ever again. The man is a useless liability. Tottenham’s Paul Robinson should be the England No.1 with Norwich’s Robert Green and Liverpool’s Scott Carson battling it out for the second spot.

Hopefully the last time “Calamity James” will ever play

Still on the topic of football (I’ll give it a rest for a while after today as the season is well and truly over) I’m going to mention the highly debated topic of whether or not Liverpool should be allowed to enter The Champions League next season after winning it this year but failing to qualify in the usual fashion in The Premiership.

I am not a Liverpool fan but think they should be given the chance to defend their title, however this must NOT be at the expense of any other club, be it Everton, Manchester United or some small Slovakian team.

I cannot see how Liverpool can just be dumped in the competition with all the other clubs, the numbers just wouldn’t add up, there would be one club too many.

The fairest possible way is for Uefa to offer all qualified clubs a large sum of money as well as a guaranteed place in The Uefa Cup to surrender their Champions League place which will be then handed to Liverpool. The money handed over will be taken from any prize money given to Liverpool.

“Minnow” teams who still need to qualify for The Champions League GROUP STAGES may jump at the chance. They may have to face teams like Manchester United in the qualifying stages and therefore their chances of reaching those group stages is extremely slim.

A guaranteed Uefa Cup spot as well as a wealthy addition to the transfer kitty would be welcomed by some I am sure. If no clubs volunteer their place then Liverpool will have to make do with the Uefa Cup themselves.

Liverpool win it, should they be allowed to defend it?

Next season Uefa need to make some decision in case this ever happens again. This decision must be made BEFORE the season starts. One idea for the decision would be if a team like Liverpool failed to qualify for The Champions League via The Premiership but won the European competition, they would take the place of the nearest team in their country, in this years case – Everton. I must stress, this must NOT happen this time. It would be totally unfair on Everton who have done wonders to reach fourth place.

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