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England National Football Team
Member Name: Beanie8844
England National Football Team
Advantages: good result, good performance, good mentality
Disadvantages: goalkeepers still look a bit rusty
I must admit that although I'm an avid sports fan, England football internationals can sometimes be rather dull to watch, especially with the apparent lack of effort that can sometimes come across, bringing up the whole club vs country argument that is always banged on about by the media and pundits. Although the game against Germany last night at Berlin's Olympic Stadium was a friendly I decided to watch it because I have seen all of Fabio Capello's games as England manager and so far I've been quite impressed by what I've seen; four wins out of four in a world cup qualifying campaign can't be bad!
Last nights game was a bit of fresh air for me because a lot of the big name players which like a good old whinge from time to time weren't playing for various reasons, their absence enabled some younger, less experienced players at international level to finally get the chance they have deserved, unlike what used to happen under Mclaren's regime where players like Lampard and Rooney were almost un-droppable! Last nights squad included the likes of Upson, Agbonlahor, Davies, Parker, Bullard, Young and even Mancienne (which reminded me of Sven's decision to take Walcott to the world cup a few years back). Unfortunately, not all of these players made it onto the pitch, but it still must have been a good experience for them to be included in the full squad.
In comparison to recent friendly matches it was a great game, I suppose England v Germany was always going to be a bit tasty, especially after the 5-1 smashing we dished out last time the fixture was played! The level of football played throughout the game wasn't of the highest standard, but that didn't matter to much, it was the manner in which the game was played that impressed me. The mix up between Terry and Carson for their equaliser could have easily been a turning point in the game in the favour of the German's but if anything it worked to rally our players together; within minutes Terry had made a mends and scored the winner, a terrific header showing such bravery.
In terms of individual performances I thought Carrick did very well, rarely giving the ball away and playing some great passes for others, Downing was also impressive and so to Upson; he too scored. For me though Defoe still didn't look that good upfront, he seems to struggle bringing his club form into the international team, a problem he had at spurs and now pompey too. Also, the goalkeeping wasn't that great, neither James or Carson looked at home between the sticks, but I think James did enough to hold onto his number one jersey, there is simply no competition for him at the moment, hopefully Foster will be back to his best soon.
All in all Capello will be happy with the result and performance the players delivered. He seems to have carved a strong unit now and it's showing with five out of five wins since he took charge. Steve McLaren.....who's he?!
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed.
Summary: Capello has got to be delighted with his impact