Tuesday, 12 June 2012

England expects...or maybe not

"Solid", "gritty", "cautious" and "disciplined" are all words that have been used to describe England's performance in their one-all draw with France in Donetsk yesterday afternoon.

"A bit boring" would be a more honest assessment. I know expectations in England are low - as are the number of flags flying compared to the last World Cup - but is not being beaten by France really now to be seen as an achievement? Although nominally playing with two wingers, England played so deep that by the end it was clear that they had no intention of pushing forward for a winner. Wayne Rooney sitting in the stands looked as though he was mentally kicking every ball and must be desperate to lace up his boots for England's last group game - possibly the only one he'll play in the tournament.

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