England 3, Mexico 1

Yet another lack lustre England performance made to look a little more presentable by the 3 goals to 1 scoreline.

I have to give a special mention to the Mexicans – the scoreline could have easily been reversed after the first half an hour but it just wasn’t to be for them.

I’m aware that a lot of players were rested and that the manager was experimenting but it was still a poor performance with the exception of Rob Green, Joe Hart and Glenn Johnson.

England FlagRob green made a couple of fine saves after mistakes by Ledley King – King will have to buy him a few pints for that.

Glenn Johnson looked a threat going forwards and defended well with a fair few defensive headers at the back post.

The other full back, Leighton Baines, just wasn’t up to the job and was found wanting numerous times. Fair enough he’s had a good season for Everton but he looked a liability (defensively) last night although some protection from Mr. Invisible  ‘Stevie G’ would have helped him.

Rio Ferdinand put in a decent performance.

Ledley King was caught out a few times in the first half but he scored so no doubt the press will overlook the glaringly obvious defensive mistakes – much improved upon in the second half.

Theo Walcott put in his usual performance – ie. he ran fast before giving the ball away – with no end product he shouldn’t be there – Aaron Lennon replaced him in the second half and looked much better out on the right wing – Lennon also has an end product.

Steven Gerrard was anonymous, in fact if he didn’t have a bandage around his head I wouldn’t have seen him – same goes for Carrick – he just watched the game pass him by.

Milner worked hard but didn’t manage to stamp his influence on the game.

Rooney didn’t really do much up front.

Crouch scored yet another goal in an England shirt (though he was off side and handballed it).

Adam Johnson came on for Steven Gerrard for a few minutes and looked lively.

Carragher replaced Ferdinand – didn’t do anything wrong and Huddlestone came on in place of Carrick – again nothnig to write home about.

Defoe came on and once again did nothing – let’s hope Darren Bent is fit in time as he’d be much more of a threat than Jermain ‘the biter’ Defoe.

All in all, a poor performance made to look better by the scoreline – it could have been very different had Robert Green not been in good form in the first half.

Though I imagine it will be a completely different story next monday when the likes of Lampard and Cole  are in the team – yes, that’s right – no mention of John Terry – Why? Because he’s overrated (shite).

Hopefully Bent will start against Japan, will have some decent players around him and get some service to prove what he can do. It’s hardly fair to write him off after a poor team performance in an England B team against arguably the best team in the world – Brazil.

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