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Disappointing start by England

June 13, 2010

Group C favorite, England, started their World Cup campaign poorly last night  as they only managed a 1-1 draw against USA, with a terrible handling mistake by Green costing them the lead and the 3 points, and confirming my fears about English keepers who are not at the standards to play for the World Cup (calamity James, now calamity Green, and in the past was Robinson).

Gerrard gave the Three Lions a brilliant start as he ran onto a pass by Heskey to slot calmly past Howard in the US goal to give England a 4th minute lead. But USA were playing more fluidly than their English conterparts, and looked more like equalizing in the minutes to come rather than conceding a second goal. Rooney, whom everyone was looking up to shine in the World Cup, was more like a ghost on the pitch, like-wise for Lampard and Lennon, the latter may be proving Capello how wrong he was when he axed young Walcott from the squad.

USA’s equalizer eventually came before half-time, when Dempsey’s shot from outside the box should have been collected easily by Green, but somehow he let the ball slip through his grasp and into the net. Capello was gutted, and all throughout the first half he was like that, not feeling confident at all for his team.

The second saw England nearly claim the lead back, but Lennon’s cross was just behind Rooney to make contact with the ball. Heskey then saw a shot saved by Howard. Rooney and Lampard then tested Howard, but without any real threat for the USA keeper. Green then redeemed himself when he managed to palm away Altidore’s shot, but it could have ended yet again in his net had the post not come to his rescue, and the ball rebounded off to an England defender. England could not score another one although they created some more chances, and had to content themselves with the 1-1 scoreline. The USA were naturally happy about this draw, and given the way they handled their football last night, they could easily qualify for the next round if they keep up the tempo.

Doubts will now surely surface in the players as well as coaching staff minds, as the second game for Group C will be played later on today, and if either Algeria or Slovenia win, things could get complicated for the Three Lions if they fail to impress and win their remaining 2 games.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2010 12:34 pm

    For me Glen Johnson was the best England player, although that was difficult for me to admit as I’ve never really rated him, apart from the howler from Green which will obviously dominate the headlines, I still have to take issue with players like Heskey and Wright-Phillips who struggle to make their own clubs first team, they were woeful.

  2. June 13, 2010 12:44 pm

    None of Capello’s gambles paid off. He had to take Milner off quiet early, King at half time and Green disappointed. Also, Heskey and Wright Phillips didn’t so much and Rooney didnt get any service at all. Crossing into the box was wayward. USA could have taken all 3 points.

    • June 13, 2010 3:00 pm

      Indeed I did not understand why Milner was taken off, and as for Green we can’t really blame him in the end, as English keepers have accustomed us with their worst display in big games most of the time :)
      Hopefully we’ll see J.Cole start the next game, and may be provide a boost to the link up between midfield and attack.

  3. June 14, 2010 12:08 pm

    Enough of this time to move on!! Why all the fuss??? England will still win the cup anyway!!

  4. maserati4200 permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:18 pm

    Having seen Argentina and Germany in the last two days, I don’t think we have a prayer.

    If we play 4-4-2 against the tops teams we will be passed off the pitch.

  5. George permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:19 pm

    @Football Gifts – Emile Heskey was actually one of our better players. He played his role extremely well, he was strong with his back to goal, and he linked up very nicely with the other players, as we saw for the England goal when he slipped in Stevie. So your opinion that he was “woeful” is very far off the mark I’m afraid.

    @Rite$h – Milner was taken off because he was unwell. He’d been struggling with a virus for the best part of a week and clearly looked under the weather. He also received a yellow card and was being done every time by Steve Cherundulo, the US right-back.

    It wasn’t a terrible performance by England, but there’s no doubt it needs improvement. We need to pass the ball better, play with a higher tempo, and get Rooney on the ball more. As for Frank Lampard, book him a plane ticket home, please. He is dyer.

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