What are your views about our Ambassadors of Sport and Entertainment.
Nearly everytime you pick up a newspaper or tune in to television nowadays, there are reports of misbehaviour of one sort or another by our so called representatives.Drunkenness, drug taking, fights in nightclubs, the list seems to increase. Yet most of these people receive very large payments for their respected positions, yet appear to be unable to deliver the goods when their country needs them the most.
Personally I would have them horse-whipped for being rubbish and having no competitive spirit/pride and Flintoff would be working his passage home. They are a disgrace like the Rugby and football prima donnas.
I watched the Eurovision song selection the other evening, and witnessed the great British Public pass over a girl singing a delightful ballad in favour of a bunch of nonentities dressed as airline cabin crew, pretending they could sing a rubbish song. She could really sing, they couldn't, so we picked them.
I think it's a bit much to expect young stars to be "ambassadors" - it's not in the job description. Most sports stars and indeed pop/movie/TV stars are very young - of course they're going to spend their money on partying and having fun, and why shouldn't they? I do think cricketers, for example, have a responsibility to their team to be in a fit state to play and not let their team-mates down, but I'd think that of a Saturday five-a-side team of middle-aged dads, too.
People might forgive Freddie for his antics, if England were an all conquering and top of the game team. However the truth of the matter is that since the famous Ashes win, the England team, and Freddie in particular have done nothing to even trouble the World rankings of cricket. He should be sent back home in disgrace. Let someone who actually cares about, and takes pride in pulling on an England shirt take his place. As for Eurovision. (how does Eurovision and cricket get in the same forum??) An episode of drunken mayhem etc, may liven up a sad excuse for entertainment.
They are playing for this country not their county sides and in my book when you do that you are representing your country. If the 'young' players do not like this they have the opportunity to naff off elsewhere and lark about whilst playing limp-wristedly.