'Hunt'ing for Forwards Will Get England Nowhere

02 November 2009

He's twenty-three, has a German father and an English mother, and his double on the weekend against Nurnberg to steal a 2-2 draw for Werder Bremen has all of a sudden put this man on the radar of Fabio Capello.

Just one small problem, Aaron Hunt wants nothing to do with the English National Team.

Aaron Hunt, until this season, has been a troubled individual. A person who could never seem to stay on the straight and narrow: either with Werder Bremen or as a member of Germany's U21 national team. A kid with raw talent and the potential to blossom into one of Germany's better forwards for years to come had been halted by his own blatant stupidity. A race row while playing against England in a U21 European Championship (note: it was overturned and the case dropped), a kid who stupidly fought with Diego in training; but above all, a kid who couldn't adapt with the expectations of a man.

I am convinced this was Hunt's last chance to convince at Werder Bremen. With Diego out of the picture, Hunt would have to up his game. Not only has he done that, but he has thrived under pressure. In eleven matches this season, Hunt has scored five and set up another. Hunt has also stayed booking free. Only Claudio Pizarro has more goals for Bremen, but the partnership has been a thing of beauty to watch. Hunt's improved play should see him called into the German National Team, a place that would be nothing but deserved.

This sudden interest from Capello is a shock, but it was not at all shocking Hunt flat out rejected any possibility of playing for The Three Lions. If anything, this should be an insult to the players who have been called in at forward under Capello. Rooney, Defoe, Heskey, Crouch, and Carlton Cole should be insulted that Fabio thinks someone other than themselves would be needed up front.

This is also a move that screams desperation for Fabio Capello. With the World Cup about seven months away from starting; a move like this, even if it is nothing but paper fodder, will unsettle a striker core that hasn't exactly been the definition of harmony. And if you're Hunt, you can't blame him for not wanting to play for a side that doesn't have a prayer at winning the World Cup in 2010, 2014, or 2018 (as controversial as that maybe, England will not be winning the World Cup unless it's played in England in 2018). Sure, Hunt might not feature for Germany at all in South Africa. However, I'd argue that once the 2010 World Cup is over, he will be a feature for Germany in the next two World Cup cycles.

Aaron Hunt should play for Germany. He's grown up playing in the youth set up in Germany, he's been a feature as a youth at international tournaments, and based on this form will be called in by Joachum Low (or any other manager who would come in post 2010 World Cup) eventually. When he is, I'll be one very interested viewer.


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