England B : B-low Par
Anyway, England 'B' contrived to lose to Belarus 2-1 last night. Sven, as usual, was talking up the positives after the game - Owen felt fine, Ashley Cole and Campbell played 90 minutes, yada,yada,yada...
And yeah, I guess, those things are important. But how about this - England were OK for the first half and an absolute shambles in the second. They lacked guts and ambition. And really, what did Sven learn about his squad and stand-by players.
Well, he learnt that Owen Hargreaves should never, ever be allowed to play right-back, ever. Not even for a pub team. Never.....Ever. Ever.
He also learnt that 'lucky' Robert Green is injury prone.
And he learnt that if you play three-quarters of Tottenham's first choice midfield you get a pretty good midfield that, and I know this may come as a surprise, looks like they've played together before.
He also learnt that if you take off all the tall players and play a frontline of midgets, your attackers won't win the first balls and headers. Defoe, Joe Cole, Walcott, Lennon - not a single one of them over about 5 feet six inches tall.
The one real positive - Aaron Lennon. He may only be two feet tall, but he's a damn fine player and scared the living daylights out Belarus. It didn't matter who they used to try to stop him, they couldn't do it. He's going to be very useful addition to the World Cup squad.
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