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Ashley Cole and the broken bond

By David Herman  

The FA, the press and some of Cole’s colleagues have been quick to attack the booing that greeted Ashley Cole’s appalling error at Wembley on Saturday. They are completey missing the point. or, rather, two points.

The first is that Cole had a shocker. He failed to get forward enough which led to the lack of width in England’s play. And when he did, he played too many bad balls. Then the lazy ball which led to Kazakhstan’s goal was a terrible mistake which could have had shocking consequences. It came at a mometn when England were drifting, demoralized, failing…

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