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Friday, June 18, 2010

England vs Algeria

Well that was the worst England performance I've ever seen, and I'm old enough to remember Graham Taylor. That was utterly shocking. Barely a chance created. It was flat and uninspired. There was no energy, no tempo, no pressing. Pretty much the only positive was that Algeria were so toothless up front that they also couldn't score. Thank Christ for USA - Slovenia drawing their match too - it means qualification is still in our own hands.

Positives? David James looked pretty solid at the back. Barry protected the back four well. Jermaine Defoe looked lively when he came on. We didn't concede. Jamie Carragher can't play against Slovenia - Carragher's shocking lack of pace is a sending off waiting to happen.

So what went wrong? For a start, Heskey isn't an international footballer. He isn't even a Premiership level footballer. The ball bounced off him, and whilst he won the odd header and tracked back well, his overall performance was terrible. I will be gutted if he starts against Slovenia.

Lennon looked totally out of his depth and didn't once try and take on his man. That's pretty poor form for a winger and his confidence is shot.

Rooney looks out of form and utterly frustrated. Lampard was once again anonymous. Gerrard tried hard, but isn't a left-winger.

I think the biggest problem is the system. Rooney is used to playing upfront on his own. Gerrard is used to playing off Torres. 4-4-2 isn't suiting us, we're hoofing it up to Heskey and hoping for flick-ons.

And I don't know what Joe Cole has to do to get a game. If it were up to me, I'd play Rooney up on his own with Gerrard just off him. Barry and Lampard behind them, with Joe Cole on the left. I'd want a LOT more from Lennon, or give SWP a run if Lennon's confidence is shot.

Or why not play Rooney upfront on his own, with Gerrard and Joe Cole playing as a front three?

Whatever, I just hope that Capello is brave enough to realise that his tactics so far haven't worked. Because on this performance, we'll be lucky to get out of the group, let alone win the damn thing.

1 comment:

tafkass said...

You'd never catch Italy doing anything like that...