Monday, June 26, 2006

England stumble into the quarter-finals. Another inept performance.

With three more-than-decent central midfielders in the side, they still couldn't really stitch together any decent move to speak of. Again the team seemed to lack cohesion.

But its another hurdle crossed. Although the win was a lot more laboured than it should have been. They say that the mark of a champion team is that it wins even when playing badly. If that is the case, then England absolutely deserve to win this World Cup. In the four matches they have played so far, they haven't produced even 15 minutes of good football.

England's progress so far has been a mix of good luck and inferior opposition. They'll need to step up a few gears(they haven't even got out of neutral so far) to go any further.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

England through to the round of 16. All the while, playing absolutely atrocious football. The 'performance' against Trinidad&Tobago was the worst I have ever seen them play. But as most pundits say, the most important thing is that they've topped their group.

I still believe they have a decent chance to go far, in spite of being handicapped by the worst manager in international football right now. Owen's injury might be a blessing in disguise. He is a player of severely limited capabilities and too one-dimensional, as he himself admitted recently. Hopefully Eriksson will change the formation in the absence of Owen to unleash the attacking prowess of Gerrard. With Gerrard in an attacking role, a fit Rooney and Joe Cole finally playing to his potential, they can live up to all the hype.

Come on England. Look alive.