Nathan Bransford wrote:
Ink wrote:What's the old saying? Better to be lucky than good... :)
I think you mean to say that it's lucky that Tim Howard was born in the USA.
Howard doesn't really matter that much. Don't get me wrong, the man is definitely good, but England were a bit off form. Much better form that other recent matches, but still naff. Milner was overly aggressive and not really doing his job, and Carra's been out of the nationals too long to be as effective as he can be for the Reds. Rooney was pretty visibly tired by the end, and Crouch was brought in a little too late I thought. Still think Darren Bent should have gone in Heskey's place; Heskey is mediocre-at-best. Bent lacks international experience, but was one of the best forwards last season and has pretty consistently been good. If England had been in a bit better shape, seen a few less bookings, I think they could have gotten another goal in during that second half. Green's mistake really was dumb luck for the USA. Really feel sorry for him, too. He is going to be raked over the coals through Hell and back by the press, mark my words.
I had hoped for England to go out with Argentina and South Korea with a victory after their first match, but a 1-1 draw isn't a bad result. This doesn't even vaguely halt my hopes England will take home their second Cup.