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Monday, June 14, 2010

Perhaps it was England who were lucky to escape with a draw?

For the last 180 days since the groups for the 2010 World Cup groups were announced the headline match on two continents was the first game between the US and England and the hype machine was in full swing. The miracle of 1950, the disparity in win/loss, goals, and cup championships made a great storyline for that whole David vs. Goliath thing. However in reality, England wasn’t all that and a bag of chips, at least they didn’t play that way. Yea, for any soccer fan their line-up was full of household names but (and sorry to soccer fans for drawing a correlation to another sport) but I have to preface this by stating that this is the same scrutiny the US Olympic Basketball team gets for every game, and when you break out the best champagne you had better give fans a reason to celebrate and upon review, that was hardly the performance of a dominating side let alone the 7th ranked country on the planet. Ok, gift goal aside the US still had chances and Jozy sneaks that shot in near post 7 out of 10 times so it easily could have been 2-1 and then England really would have be facing a nation-wide suicide watch. True England did control possession (54%-46%) and outshot the US 18-13, but US exposed kinks in England’s armor, which is how slow they are in the defensive backfield and their lack of experience playing together, but all I’ve been reading is how Green GAVE the US the tie which is not the case, and keep in mind that the US didn’t play it’s best game either. So note to both sides, the US needs to get of their “underdog” horse and realize they are supposed to win these next two games, and England needs to recognize that the matches aren’t played on paper and they don’t look like best team in the group let alone the world so far. What are your thoughts on the first round of games so far? Let us know here and in any of the chat rooms and quick links.

13 comments:

gunners said...

Calm down everyone, especially you Mr Ric Izi - crazy talk mate!. As a Brit it hurt to see our boys play so poorly but there is still a long way to go. Name one world cup where we have started strongly. Spain 82 possibly but remember Mexcio 86, Italia 90, we could barely string 2 passes together but went on to do really well and were unlucky not to get to the semi final/final. Surely Joe Cole has to start next game, and lets just hope that is the last we see of Carragher.

john wooley said...

I felt sorry for Rob Green for the stick he got, but lets be honest if the team had done their job it would never have been the headline maker it was. I am not convinced by Capello's tactics or team selection, when he made his choice of the squad some of the decisions left me bewildered, he said he would pick men in form then picks a forward who can't score for his club and can't hold down a regular spot because of it (Heskey) and takes a winger who can't hold down a regular spot for his club because his form is so erratic(S W P). He also said that he would not take anyone who's fitness was questionable then picks King who's knees are so bad he can't train we are now waiting for the arrival of Barry when he's declared half fit (Whenever that is) praying he doesn't break down again'and if Rooney doesn't get better service and starts scoring I can't see where the goals are coming from God help us if he gets injured or sent off

mariion nablil said...

I don't understand why England doesn't play with a 4-3-3. Rooney is great in the central position, Gerrard and Lampard are both attacking mid type of players for their clubs, so Carrick on USA could have played defensive mid, and Barry in the rest of the games, Lennon and Cole on the sides, with Terry, King, Ashley, and Johnson. I prefer giving youth experience so i'm biased to say Hart should be put in. My line up is: Hart, Ashley, Terry, King, Johnson, Barry, Lennon, Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney. I think we have to start noticing we arent at our potential with a 4-4-2 and start using a 4-3-3.

danny cooper said...

watching the poor display I was overhearing several around me talking about all the talent in the team - then out of nowhere a voice of reason asked me how many of the England starting 11 would I have at Arsenal if I had the option (just in the team, not starting 11) - great question that you should ask yourself about your own club team. I counted 5 out of 11

Anonymous said...

why do england fans think england are better than they really are? half the team doesnt and hasnt played champions league football (green james hart king dawson lennon warnock defoe - heskey hasnt played in a long time, SWP got the odd couple of mins at chelsea and glen johnson only got a couple of games this season), they've no experience against the best players at highest levels and yet people seem to think they are world beaters. england have some talented footballers but this main lack of experience and delusion from the press and supporters will always make a decent world cup seem like a horrible failure. englands world ranking is always around 8th and so a quarter final is a realistic achievement, anything more is a bonus. however to believe your among the top 4 in the world is laughable and ignorant to a large extent. believe and support your team, congratulate and praise them but don't smash their souls into the gutter and make an already difficult job harder.

tom evans said...

This sort of thing happens every major tournament: one shaky performance from a few players and everyone jumps on the "We're rubbish" bandwagon. Yes it wasn't brilliant, but the USA are the biggest threat we will face in our group and without Green's clanger we would have cruised to victory. Algeria and Slovenia looked woeful in their game and we will go through top of this group. People need to stop needlessly criticising and get behind the team. The problems can be fixed and will be fixed by Capello, who is a fantastic manager and who should have our full backing. Although the pre tournament hysteria does go too far, we have some fantastic players in every position and the claim that John Terry lacks "footballing nous" is quite simply rubbish. We have a great chance this year if we support the team. Come on England.

john miles said...

England are poor, our last 3 friendlies have shown this. Mediocre sides looking technically better than us playing short quick moving football, What do we do? get it out wide cross it in or should i say "try" How is Joe Cole not playing??? guess that means Capello thinks he is our 4th best wide man if lennon,wright-phillips and milner get on before him. Lets hope Rooney plays better from now on or our competition is over!

dale burroughs said...

Give the lads a chance,so much expectation,so much pressure yet so little chance to prove it. 1 game in,1 error and an average performance and people are writing us off already,it makes me sick. We drew our first game in 66 and we all know how that ended ! If u think we are that bad tell everyone on your street to take the flags down from the Windows of their houses,or shut up and show more support like the rest of us !

Rick Izi said...

They need to let go of '66... but I agree, England will not advance, they have a lot to fix before they can ever challenge... Redknapp for manager for starters... Is it any surprise the Germans banged 4 past Australia in a game that had a similar "feel" to England's encounter with the USA?... An Italian cannot manage England... Totally different footballing philosophies...

DC from Newcastle said...

I cant believe i have my fellow english fans slaiting their own national team, call yourselves english fans? do you realy think fabio would listen to your tactics, a man who is a proven cup winner? we played our first game and we got threw it WITH the keeper error, we should be happy we didnt lose as USA played well but we also had good moments, the openers are always tricky and i havent seen any other team set of any fireworks yet. Show your support and get behind the team instead of telling the public what you would do and who would play where, just because you all probably won the world cup on your playstations doesnt make you a manager

JTamson said...

Maybe a American should keep out of it, but Smacchat has introduced the first note of realism to balance the "we can win it" hysteria. Any neutral has known for years England's deficiencies - a central defence lacking pace or footballing nous; a central midfield grossly over-hyped by the media; wide players with pace but no end-product; and a goalkeeping problem once the preserve of Scotland. All of which leaves you with one class act and if Rooney doesn't pick up form from yesterday's efforts, it's a second round exit my English chums!

chris wairoma said...

The English display was all round mediocre. Ball distribution from defence to midfield to attack was poor. But there is room for improvement. England must, more than anything else, improve on what they do with the ball when they have it . It does not make sense to knock the ball from defence hoping for Rooney to score. Capello must also make up his mind on the first 11 and stop the tinkering.

mark heath said...

this rigid 442 that we in england love playing does not work when you play half decent teams from the continent chelsea man u arsenal and liverpool all stopped playing this way and started to do well in europe all the teams who have won the champions league in the last 10 years have played with 3 centre mids it helps you keep the ball and wear teams down with rooney scoring 30 goals this season and doing so mainly playing uppfront on his own i can not see why he is not doing so for england last night he was playing deeper and is further away from goal and i bet the americans were rubbing there hands together he needs to be in the box where he can really hurt teams this would also allow lamps and gerrad to push on behind him and make things happen . you dont need a big man upfront any more spain brazil aregentina they all use movement and the ball to hurt you not some big oaf who is there to win the flick ons i think we should of started 443 james in goal johnsen terry king cole defence midfield carrick holding gerrad lamps pushing on cole wide left rooney through the middle and lennon on the right this would of let are good players play how they do every week for there clubs and scare teams. fabio give us a bell ha ha

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