England fans were treat to a spectacularly thrillingly exciting spectacle last night as the national team annihilated Bulgaria 4 – 0. Well, it was OK. Anyway, here are three things that were highlighted by the match:
1) Harry Redknapp is an unhappy man
The prospect of another injured centre half will be no source of amusement for old ‘Arry. A suspected twisted knee brought an abrupt halt to Michael Dawson’s game as the defender was stretchered off in the second half. Ruled out for Tuesdays clash with Switzerland, Dawson has returned to Tottenham to undergo further examination and treatment.
What might etch a smile into the folds of soggy flesh that make up Redknapp’s red, stodgy face was the magnificent performance of Jermaine Defoe, who earned himself a tidy hat-trick.
2) Darren Bent will never get a decent run in the England team
Even with the an injury hit squad, the marksman could not break into Fabio Cappello’s XI. Not even as a late substitute. North-East phobia, the fear of utilising players from clubs situated in the North East, has plagued England managers for many a year and with Fabio there’s no exception.
Regardless of recent form (which has been fine, scoring two in three), which supposedly has an impact on Fabio’s team selection, Bent has yet to be handed a decent opportunity to show his ability. His friendly appearances against Brazil and Japan were pathetic attempts by Cappello to give the striker an inevitably difficult chance to impress.
Well, Defoe is looking in fine form and Rooney, who it is impossible to drop from an England team, didn’t look too shabby last night. Though it’s hard not to feel for Darren Bent, there is always the positive aspect: the less time on the pitch, the less chance of incurring an injury, which is fine with the author.
3) It’s another case of ‘Same old England’
England will probably storm the European qualifiers without much need for experimentation. The formation won’t change much and regardless of the World Cup, certain players will always be in the frame. As England cruise through to the Euros, they’ll gain confidence and support from fans and the media alike.
When it finally comes to playing the best teams in Europe, people will wonder why England fail. Well, it’s because good old fashioned 4-4-2 doesn’t work against the Continental formations and styles of play adopted by the likes of Spain. Not that one should have to keep regurgitating this fact.
There is one staggering difference with Fabio’s ‘new look’ England side. He’s finally, after much thought, come to the realisation that Joe Hart should have been his first choice goalkeeper all along. For this we should be grateful.
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