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England gift USA with Green spill

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So, that was a little underwhelming hey?

I am a little slow, but last night after 5 pints of cider and an empty belly, said cider was coming back up through my nose and I was in no state to comment on football affairs!

Obviously with an early goal you build the postivity on the field, and we looked in command for a short while. The longer the match went on though, the more I felt England were nothing more than mediocre. We didn’t seem to offer much in any area. We weren’t diabolical, but we were far from great. Not to take away anything from the opposition though, who defended well and played as a team, which is something we struggle to do. This was by far the hardest match on paper in the group for England, and we should be glad with a point on reflection.

When substitutions are made early, it’s going to affect the ebb and flow of the game, and the injury of Ledley King has to be worrying when you have Carragher as his replacement.

The story that overshadowed the result was the howler from Rob Green which gifted the USA the equaliser. I’ve spoken about it before, and I am terribly biased but the only answer for England is Joe Hart. Untested Joe Hart had the best Premier League season out of all three keepers chosen – that’s a fact. The stat I’ve seen bounced around today is about Rob Green making more mistakes than any other player last season, yet he’s first choice. I don’t expect to see Green starting on Friday night, but equally and sadly, I don’t think we’ll be seeing Joe have a go. Capello must be convinced that Hart will suffer from stage fright from his lack of experience, although I feel he’d be able to handle his first competitive match for England.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. We have two matches to go and plenty to play for, and time to get into full mode. We don’t want to burn ourselves out in the group stages, because if we qualify (I’m trying not to be presumptious), we need our players to be uninjured and well rested for the mental test of the next rounds.

To finish, a stat I found comforting yet doesn’t actually mean anything. 2006 World Cup, Italy drew with the USA. Who went on to win the cup? Italy.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

June 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

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