Cup football is completely different to league football.
Throwing together a manager and 23 players at short notice and expecting them to perform to the heights of a club side is unrealistic, not to mention how few risks likely to be taken in cup football compared a league campaign.
I'm pretty sure even Brazil, Germany and Spain would struggle against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man Utd, Man City, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, by virtue of these club sides having had plenty of time to gel and their managers being able to recruit from outside their own countries to fulfill certain areas of weakness.
England are comparable to Everton, and would comfortably finish in the top 10 most seasons.
under the name Wycombe. A defence that sits too deep. A midfield that sits three yards in front of that defence. Two wingers who go missing for much of the game and a front two we occasionally pump a ... more
The starting 11 are made up of 3 from MC, three from MU, 2 from Che, 1 from Tot, 2 from Liv - i.e. all from what would normally be top 6 clubs. Each of those with the exception of Milner is a first... more
a side with Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Jack Wilshere etc etc would be a mid-table Championship team? Ok granted they don't play together as well at international level as... more