Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sweet relief

Well, we're through. But the only people who will have been worried / scared by that display is Sven, his staff and his players. And us.

5 Comments:

Blogger SwissToni said...

I don't think Jermaine Jenas is going to play a single minute at this world cup. Jermaine Defoe must be weeping. He would have played off the bench in both of the England games, I reckon.

ST

9:35 pm, June 15, 2006

 
Blogger Ben said...

Defoe might have played, but JJ won't be alone in not getting a game - he's there as insurance, as are others.

10:11 pm, June 15, 2006

 
Blogger Matt said...

Ah, no matter how often we get told that the England team is chock-full of world class players (and I've never quite believed that one myself), it does tell you a lot about the strength of the squad when Jermaine Jenas is the insurance policy.

11:48 pm, June 15, 2006

 
Blogger SwissToni said...

I don't understand why we kept so many players at the back when it was clear that T&T were going to be playing with limited ambition.

Then again..... having seen how many chances they did manage to create, perhaps we should play with MORE defenders.

I also hate the way ALL our players go back for corners - even against a side like this. It just means that the opposition can push more players forwards and that even when we clear the ball, it just comes straight back. Keep a player like Owen on the halfway line, and they will have to keep a couple of defenders back.

Rubbish.

...but we won.

ST

8:06 am, June 16, 2006

 
Blogger Matt said...

Given the way Robinson was flapping at everything and Ashley Cole seems to fall over every time anyone so much as looks at him, I think it's just as well they had so many men back.

I don't understand the fuss. It looked like a normal England qualifying match against a team mostly concerned with defending-type of performance, same as Austria and Wales in the qualifiers (and we know how these things can go wrong). I don't think you can judge what might happen against a better team from it, because they seem to raise their game when they come up against one (Argentina, say).

9:14 am, June 16, 2006

 

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