Figured that whilst there’s a lull (as much as you can get at Notts) on the domestic front, i thought i’d throw up the occasional World Cup blog. Most likely whenever England play, so let’s give it a shot!
England kicked off last night against the US with a 1-1 draw. Not too disappointed in the result now i’ve had time to digest everything. Had some solid moments in the first half, disappointing not to build on such a good start but you just can’t compensate for such a freak goalkeeping error (incidentally, i think we’re talking top three all time World Cup howlers).
Fact is we do need to keep faith in Rob Green. If we drop him now we risk shattering the confidence of a man based on one mistake that could really impact on a promising career, a la Scott Carson after the Croatian nightmare at Wembley.
Second half was a much better display, you can tell Fabio Capello’s beating the team into submission at half time. Quite a comfortable display i thought in the second bar one major scare. Obviously it’s a concern not to have converted some of the many chances but it’s a start, the team gelled nicely as the game progressed.
There were at least three or four occasions where Aaron Lennon was able to ghost in behind the US’ defence and not make anything of it. Typical Lennon, now is the time for him to step up and find us some end product.
There must be a huge question mark in the centre of defence though. With Ledley King being taken off and his ongoing injury problems, and Jamie Carragher being skinned alive down the left it’s inevitably going to cause problems against the better teams if we get that far.
Emile Heskey turned in the performance we all know he’s capable of, but frustratingly rarely does. Had he converted his one on one opportunity in the second half the man would be waking up a national hero, but following a tame effort into the arms of Tim Howard, he’ll still wake up with that giant question mark over his finishing ability. Otherwise, his input made a great impact and he should start for the rest of the group stages.
I’d still be confident we can progress from the group stages (i’ve not one said we’ll win, i’m far more conservative about our chances) but we need to keep an eye on the American results from here on and better them, or else we’re likely to face Germany in the next round. Confident as i’d be, it’s a chance i’d rather not take!
Decent tournament so far apart from France/Uruguay. Can definitely see the impact the new World Cup ball is having on games, so many free-kicks and crosses going wayward. Feels at times like they’d be better off playing with a 99p petrol station football!
Oh, and if anyone didn’t know…those of us watching on ITV HD actually missed the goal because they accidentally went to adverts! Cut to a sponsors ad, black screen for a few seconds, we return to Gerrard celebrating! Absolutely disgraceful, you wait four years for that first goal of your country’s campaign and you miss it, one of the biggest footballing downers i’ve ever experienced.
An apparently great man once said “Calm down dear, it’s only a commercial”. I beg to differ Michael Winner, it’s not the time!