Sunday, 13 June 2010
England v USA Post Match Post
It took 4 minutes for Steven Gerrard to start England's world cup campaign. A lot of people underestimated how good a team USA were going to be. But with the help of a lucky goal we proceeded to make life difficult for ourselves once again.
England's starting lineup: Green, Johnson, King, Terry, A Cole, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Heskey and Rooney.
It took England six months and four minutes to get on the score sheet of the 2010 World Cup. Though it pains me to admit, I thought, Steven Gerrard was the best player on the pitch last night. He settled into the England captaincy like a pro. And so he should. After all he should be used to it being captain at club level with Liverpool. Milner was playing well, until he was taken off and replaced by Wright Phillips, but I think it was a good call by Capello after all the last thing we needed would have been down to 10 men.
Most England fans will be waking up this morning and thinking did it really happen? Did Green really let that ball in? Now then we the English are (on the whole) a pessimistic bunch. But I think we should look at this with a positive attitude. Yes Green made a blunder and let USA have a chance but we also know that he can move on from it. Many goalkeepers in the past would have let that get to them, but Green came into the 2nd half of the match a determination not to let it fase him. (The same couldn't be said for other players on the team in the 2nd half who lost some of there momentum from the first half.) I just hope that Capello doesn't see red and decide to leave him out of the team.
Only the next match will tell how England are going to recover from this blow. But don't forget. It could be worse. We could have lost to USA. So all I can say is 'Bring it on!'
(Photo Credit: Ian Walton - Getty Images)