Where to vent my frustrations and thoughts...? - My mum used to tell me; "If you haven't got anything nice to say then don't say anything at all" ... Problem is, the Country cant sit in silence for the next five days.
I'm always a positive England supporter, I love going to watch my Country at Wembley. I don't care if they players are from Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea or wherever, I will always sing my national anthem, I will not boo players playing for my Country (including Frank Lampard, John Terry & even Gary/Phil Neville!) ... I am an England supporter but tonight, Im frustrated, disappointed, embarrassed and to some extent angry as well...
David James in goal; Should probably have started game one, has the most experience, did a solid job tonight - Cant complain about him.
Robert Green, unfortunate with the mistake vs.US but part & parcel of being a goalkeeper. Its 'hero' or 'villain' territory and on this occasion he is unlucky. Joe Hart; Please, Please make sure you are playing first team football - You will be England's undisputed No.1 by the next tournament.
In defence England were sloppy, slow, desperate in some cases. G.Johnson is almost unrivalled for the right-back slot. Going forward he was poor, defensively his positioning was awful and at times he was sleeping and went missing. Ashley Cole, almost unrivalled at left-back. I thought he had a decent game. Not brilliant, but certainly showed the right kind of attitude and application that you would expect from a multi-million pound football star.
What on earth is going on in central defence? John Terry started ok but as the game went on mistakes kept creeping in and he was so negative in possession. Carragher, regardless of whether he should or should not be in the squad anyway, was poor, slow, desperate in his challenges. Strength and experience helped Carragher at times but against decent opposition at this level England will get totally over-run.
Midfield: Where oh where do I start. Beckham, Scholes, Walcott, Hargreaves, Joe Cole. If you really want to be picky; Stewart Downing, Kieran Richardson, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Ashley Young? Is this our best midfield? Lennon: pace but no end product. Missing for large amounts of the game. Felt like people didn’t want to give him the ball. Eventually, he only seemed to want to play when it was clear he was coming off. SWP: Sorry, cant think of anything positive. Lampard: Oh dear, just awful. I will admit you are not my favourite player but that was embarrassing. Gerrard: Not much better. Poor use of the ball, gave it away far too easily far too often. Didn’t shoot on numerous occasions when in decent positions, whether left or right foot. You would have done in a red shirt. Carrying a lot of responsibility, pressure? You should be able to handle it by now.
Gareth Barry, defensively did ok. That’s what you are there for. Insurance for the defence, extra cover for our ‘Superstar’ midfielders Gerrard and Lampard. When in possession you were disappointing. The ball was given away far too easily. It was so frustrating to see England give the ball away so often when they seemed under little amount of pressure. There was no desire to win it back, no urgency and no-one who seemed happy to get hurt in the tackle. Very soft.
Rooney & Heskey: Poor first touch, didn’t retain the ball, very square, lack of movement, lack of skill, lack of inter-play and communication. When one went wide the other was so far away, they always looked isolated from one another. England tried numerous shots from 40 yards that wouldn’t have trouble an under 10s goalie. All in all a very pathetic performance that, I’m afraid to say Mr.Rooney, for all the money you get paid, was deserving of a boo or two.
What do I want to see next? - Do we blame Capello? Well, Mr.Capello is in charge and him we must trust. Carragher is suspended, I think that Dawson should replace him at the right-side of the centre defence. Gerrard is the Captain, (that doesn’t make him exempt), but he or Lampard needs to be dropped. Is there room for both? Possibly, but why don’t we see what is like with either/or. I’m struggling for faith in anyone for right midfield bearing in mind we don’t have ANY left-sided midfielders… Joe Cole, he has to play. Lets get Carrick in the midfield and maybe (just maybe), shove Gerrard to wide right. Start Crouch and Defoe? Rooney has to play? Maybe play Milner in the middle of the park with Carrick and Barry with J.Cole and Gerrard supporting Rooney.
So many options, 50 million England managers, what would you do?