Israel's golden generation well short in the end

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2011
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And, yet again, we are left to reflect on another abysmal qualifying campaign as Israel proved incapable of mixing it with Europe's finest.

Much like England, their golden generation has failed to deliver with the Israel FA needing to decide whether or not to dispense with the manager and start all over again.

Following victories over Latvia and Georgia, the glass looked half full. All of a sudden, it looks very empty again and, going by the Under 21 team's 4-1 defeat against England, the signs are that it could be running on empty for some time.

● I know it's early days, but already, things look ominous for Team JLGB. In my season preview, manager Rob Silverman told me that "conceding fewer goals" was high on his list of priorities. Well without wanting to rub salt into the wounds, they could not have got off to a worse start. Sunday's 18-0 defeat against Shirley Park was the heaviest in recent MSFL history.

However, the good news is that they will only play Shirley once more in the league, and they won't be up against a top marksman in Saul Conway and a former West Bromwich Albion player in Nicky Plotnek every week.

● As a the No. 1 Jewish sports hypochondriac, I'm often asked for recommendations for a good doctor. Well I can tell you that a very good one is coming to north west London very soon. Dr Ralph Rogers, who recently resigned as first-team doctor from Chelsea FC, will be practising at the Wellington Diagnostic Centre in Golders Green.

Rogers, a black American Jew, was headhunted by Roman Abramovich but departed during the summer following the appointment of Paco Biosca as the club's medical director.

It was reported that Rogers was thought to have been unhappy at working under Biosca because the Spaniard was not yet registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), as required by FA, Premier League and GMC legislation, if he is to practise medicine in this country.

● Not many could have predicted Inter Borehamwood's fall from grace. It was only a couple of months ago that our pages were splashed with photos of jubilant players cracking open the bubbly. Their withdrawal from the league shows you just how quickly things can go wrong. The departure of key players such as Jeff Gotch and Mark Meltzer led to the parting of the waves. Thanks for the memories boys.

    Last updated: 2:12pm, September 8 2011