LONG 2 wrote:Think it will be GREEN, JOHNSON TERRY KING COLE, LENNON GERRARD LAMPARD COLE, HESKEY ROONEY!
Rabbits XI wrote:Euro 1996: opening game: England 1-1 Switzerland.
France 98: opening game: England 2-0 Tunisia.
Euro 2000: opening game: England 2-3 Portugal.
World Cup 2002: opening game: England 1-1 Sweden.
Euro 2004: opening game: England 1-2 France.
World Cup 2006: opening game: England 1-0 Paraguay.
Not a great record for the start of a torunament... England are slow starters, and generally frustrate their over-enthusiastic supporters. I believe England can win, can win the whole thing... The draw has been kind, and with Capello in charge I have more faith that he will be able to take us further than any of the managers at the above tournaments...
Tonight, USA are no mugs... Beating England would be big for them... They will make it hard, be well disciplined but also attack. They will cause England problems and it is highly unlikely we will perform well.
My team: Green; G.Johnson, A.Cole, Terry, King; Lennon, Milner, Gerrard, Lampard; Rooney, Heskey.
I want us to win but we shouldnt expect too much. A draw would not be a bad result, not ideal but there is a long way to go.
Captain Jack Sparrow2 wrote:I'm feeling pretty positive after watching the ENgland game. Created plenty of chances. Lennon was very positive and doing what you'd want a winger to do. Heskey was first class. Only thing his performance lacked was the finish from the 1-on-1 chanced but the keeper stood up well and made it difficult. He should be finishing that though regardless. Only one mistake and it cost us. That won't happen again.........I hope not anyway.
The area that concerns me is the centre of defence. Where is the pace??? With Rio gone there's no pace at all and Carra got skinned way too easily. John Terry was excellent and did exactly what you'd expect from him. Have we got another centre back with any pace? I've not seen that much of Dawson but is he quick or just as slow.
On a different track now.................the top three teams in England play the majority of their games with one up front (Rooney at Man U, Drogba at Chelsea and RVP at Arsenal) why don't England? Rooney can do it and has proved he can. Untill the last 15 mins he was pretty ineffective in my opinion.
It was a VERY attacking team last night with the only two defensive minded players being Terry and Carra. That team in that formation will not cope against better opposition. I don't doubt at all that Capello has a plan B and a plan C for different opponents but I hope it inolves something more defensive cos we can't 'out-score' teams. I would love to see Joe Cole floating around off Rooney as I thought they looked immense in the friendlies when they were on the pitch together.
More of the same from Gerrard and Terry who were our best performers on the night.
Green, get your chin up and get your body in line with the ball better.