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Saturday, June 12, 2010

England v USA - Some Thoughts

Well, the match finished 1-1 and although we played alright, it was a disappointing result. We were playing OK and Gerrard looked back to his best. But then a staggeringly stupid mistake from ex-Norwich keeper Robert Green really knocked the stuffing out of us. And although we had some decent opportunities after that, I never really felt that we looked like retaking the initiative to go on and win.

Some thoughts:

We're really going to miss Rio Ferdinand. Ledley King played well, but was taken off at half-time. Will his glass knees last the tournament? I hope so - Jamie Carragher is NOT an international defender. His lack of pace was frighteningly obvious tonight. He would be utterly unclassed against the likes of Messi.

Lampard is still not showing the class that he shows for Chelsea. He was solid tonight, but unspectacular. More is going to be needed for him as a creative force during this tournament.

Robert Green is not my number one. I'd much rather see Joe Hart in goal for the rest of the tournament. His performance tonight has only cemented that for me. He was ridiculous for the equaliser, and was lucky not to be beaten at his near post in the second half, pushing a shot onto his own post. He's a decent keeper, but Hart is better.

Heskey was fantastic as a target man, but is still utterly useless in front of goal. Is his overall workrate worth the fact he can't hit a cow's arse with a banjo?

Shaun Wright-Phillips is not the answer to England's left-sided problem. I'd love to see Joe Cole given a run.

Rooney was quiet today, I thought. A few good chances, but struggled to get involved. England need to work hard to get him more in the game.

Positives: Gerrard was like a man possessed - finally he's starting to show the same kind of form that he has showed for Liverpool over the years. What will Capello do once Gareth Barry is back? Hopefully not put Gerrard on the left. Glen Johnson was excellent. Aaron Lennon showed some good touches. John Terry was solid.

But it's a point against our main group rivals, so it's not the end of the world. We'll need to work harder and be a lot more creative against the bigger teams if we're in with a chance of winning the thing. Hopefully we'll raise our game against the bigger teams. Having watched Argentina this afternoon, we're going to need to.

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