I'm not keen on the Gerrard-Henderson partnership at international level. Even though Gerrard has played DM for Liverpool this season, that is not his natural position and he doesn't play well there for England. He was just a pedestrian for most of the game against Italy, hardly offering any protection for the back four, he seemingly only passed the ball to the fullbacks. He didn't seem fit enough to last the full 90 minutes either.
England needs to drop him and Rooney for the game against Uruguay, they just slow everything down in attack. Johnson also needs to be dropped for obvious reasons, that fake footballer shouldn't be starting in a world cup game. Jones should be playing RB, he would at least offer decent defense.
Of the 14 teams we have seen so far, England had more shots on goal than any of them.
England's passing accuracy ranks 2nd, just behind Italy, but ahead of Spain, Holland and Brazil.
For passing accuracy in the opposition's half, England come out on top.
How many times did you see Carrick play last season? He fully deserves to be sitting at home (this is coming from a Manchester United fan), if anyone should be aggrieved he's not in Brazil it's Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Barry.
The Cole and Terry shouts are so tediously boring.
As long as everyone's fit and a 100% I would keep the same team for the next game but put Sterling on the left. Uruguay will be looking at that match knowing where the weakness is, Roy needs to address it.
Too my people are overreacting. We played well. Only thing I'm critical of is the subs. Lambert should have come on for Sturridge. As soon as Sturridge went off we lost quite a bit going forward and the congested midfield was easy to defend against.
I was telling my mates a while back how it's annoying how we finally have a young and exciting attack but our defence, which used to include the likes of Neville, Cole, Campbell, Ferdinand, Terry, is now sub-par, damn shame.
I was actually pretty confident yesterday even after going 1--0 down. So far in this tournament the team on the counter has done well, we let Italy have the ball for large periods of the game but just couldn't execute as well as we are capable of on the counter. Both of their goals were crap goals to concede. I think we will batter one of Uruguay or Costa Rice though. I'm confident we'll qualify.
England have had the most shots on target and 2nd best pass accuracy behind Italy who had 93.2%, the highest ever recorded in a World Cup game since 1966.
Based on the last match I agree we will probs win the next two games.
Joel Campbell is Costa Rica's best threat, a guy not judged good enough to be a substitute Arsenal striker. They spent a year complaining about the lack of depth and he was not good enough to be a 3rd striker. I am not overly worried about them. Uruguay have Lugano in the team and if Sturridge doesn't score twice I will be genuinely surprised. Suarez probably won't start and even if he does, he will not be match fit and he will be ineffective. We should easily get second in the group and it is only Columbia in the next round (probably.)