Tweet Tweet Tweet. Game over. A comfortable win for England with a mix matched starting 11. Mexico looked dangerous and pacy but need to work on defending set pieces. Martin Tyler says it all when he said that both teams learned what they needed to. Lunch time for me.
91:00 – Oddly Glen Johnson is the man of the match. Yes he had a nice goal and he woke up in the second half. I would have given it to King.
89:00 – DAMN Lennon is not slow. The Spurs winger screams toward the Mexican goal going through two defenders but they commit a professional foul on him. Baines gets a chance to make up for his poor first half but sends the free kick into the wall.
87:00 – Johnson makes his presence felt immediately by skipping by a defender in the box but his cross is blocked out. Promising from the young City player. Hope he gets more of a run out against Japan.
85:00 - Adam Johnson on for Milner. Lets see what the youngster can do. Er…did Andy Murray just come on?
81:00 - Lennon showing some nifty skill to keep the ball in play. Ball eventually bounces toward the Mexican box and Dafoe and Perez are in a one on one situation that Perez kicks clear but straight to Rooney who traps it, controls and sends the ball goal ward with the Mexican keeper miles off his line, but its headed out at the last second by a defender.
76:00 - Joe Hart has had a lot less to do this half than Green did in the first. Wonder if that has to do with the 4 in front of him, the better overall possession by England or Mexico’s lack of bite in the second half? As I write this, Barerra skins Baines and sends a cross that misses everyone. Close one. Walcott off, Lennon on.
72:00 – Blanco on and Dos Santos off. He has been Mexico’s best player i think.
69:00 - England playing better now as they are passing it well and Walcott is sent through but the ball is cleared out for a corner. Nothing comes from the corner. England’s main issues are at the back but so far this half they’ve done a better job at nullifying any attack.
65:00 - Barrera is doing a great job down the wing and sends in a shot but Hart catches it easily. Down the other end, Rooney sends a beautiful pass to Gerrard who is bundled over just outside the box. The requisite Beckham mention/tv shot is shown has it is in his territory. In the end Gerrard takes it and sends it inches wide. What would Beckham have done?
61:00 – AHHHH – Rooney has a tramp stamp. Huddlestone on Carrick off. Guardado on for Vela for the Tri Colores.
58:00 – Mexico waking up and Dos Santos seems the liveliest of the bunch and sends in an inviting cross but Hernandez is a touch too late and his sliding effort goes into the side netting.
54:00 - Gerrard now playing a more central role as Milner goes out wide sends a ball down to Walcott who returns the pass. Gerrard tries an ambitious turn around shot but it lands on top of the net.
52:00 – England stepping it up a bit by maintaining more possession. Ball come sout wide to Walcott and the Arsenal man sends in a nice cross but just beyond the little out stretched legs of Dafoe.
46:00 GOOOAL – Glen Johnson, gets the ball out of the wing and waltzes across the box as the Mexican defenders seem to content to not challenge him. He makes them pay by sending a crackign shot into the top right corner. A very nice and unexpected goal. England 3 – Mexico 1.
PEEP - England kick it off. Joe Hart replaces the excellent Robert Green, Dafoe comes in for Crouch and Carragher comes in for Ferdinand. For Mexico Hernandez comes on for goal scorer Franco.
Baines is having a nightmare of a game. He was playing so well for Everton at the end of the season but is not doing himself any good after this performance. King and Green are the only ones playing proper defense as Ferdinand and Johnson are absent. England need to maintain better possession in the second half.
Tweet – Half time - A solid but unimpressive display from England. Mexico have looked lively going forward and have a goal for their efforts but shaky on set pieces of which England/Spurs have taken full advantage.
GOOOALLL – Terrible defending by England from the corner as a header is sent in that Baines does poorly in clearing and Franco just taps it in. Spurs 2 – Mexico 1
45:00 – Two minutes of added time. Time for one last Mexican attack as they win a corner.
40:00 - Walcott sprints down the wing and earns a free kick. This time Mexico defends well and clear it out. Johnson after an initial mistake deals with the attack well and passes back to his keeper.
35:00 – Mexico counter immediately through Vela but Green makes another good save. The West Ham keeper is making a case for being the number 1.
34:00 – GOOOOAL – CROUCH! Another set piece as it comes out to Gerrard who sends in a lovely cross that Rooney heads powerfully and Perez makes an excellent save but the ball goes right to Crouch who bodies it into the goal. Spurs 2 – Mexico 0
31:00 – Mexico maintain position and Salcido has an open shot but his effort hits the post. Close one for Mexico.
29:00 - Mexico doing well on the counter and have had clear chances at goal (one was offside) and Green has done very well to save both.
23:00 – Rooney shows his pace as he gets a ball from Gerrard and screams down the win beating tow defenders but finally tackled by the third. Great defending but Rooney should have laid it off sooner.
17:00 – GOOOOAL – From the corner taken by Gerrard, Crouch heads across the box right to an unmarked Ledley King who heads into the corner. Great set piece goal. Spurs 1- Mexico 0
16:00 – Game in a bit of a lull has England were temporarily playing with 10 men as Gerrard was getting his head bandaged up due to a clash of heads. England win a corner thru Baines.
9:00 – Mexico certainly the livelier of the two as Carrick continues is god awful form and gifts the ball to Dos Santos who wins a corner. Nothing comes of it but Mexico keep the ball in the English half.
5:00 – Franco has the first shot of the game as he receives the pass, holds it up well, is fouled by King but stays up and turns and fires a shot over the bar. That should have been a penalty.
2:00 – A great pass from Gerrard finds Walcott who goes around Rodriguez but his cross is poor as he had 3 options in the box. Mexico immediately attack but the danger is snuffed out by King and Green. Exciting opening minutes as both teams came out to play.
TWEEET - And Mexico kick it off, and those are some colorful boots from the two mexican strikers.
And they’re walking out, child in hand and a customary shot of “coach” Beckham.
England Green – Johnson, Ferdinand, King, Baines – Milner, Carrick – Walcott, Rooney, Gerrard – Crouch.
Mexico Ochoa – Juarez, Osorio, Marquez, Salcido – Torrado, Castro, Giovanni, Guardado – Franco, Vela.
The Mexican lineup is out and to be honest I don’t know to much about them other than their forwards who play in England and Marquez who used to storm down the flanks from the back at Barcelona.
None of the usual sites I frequent seem to have the Mexican line up. Maybe they’re still being denied access to the stadium by the animal kingdom. Apparently their team selection is being kept a secret!
The line ups are out (at least the English ones are). Crouch and Walcott are getting the nod over Heskey and Lennon. Milner is taking over the Lamps role and no room in the 11 for Morrison. All the starting 11 are hoping that their wives and girlfriends are not in the same section as John Terry who will be watching along with the other FA cup finalists from the stands.
Hello all and welcome to injury central aka Wembley. A lot has been made of dangers of the pitch and each time people play on it someone leaves with an injury. Apparently it has to do with the mini-climate issues of the area that makes the grass not stick or something. I would have assumed that with the 800 million pounds spent on the stadium that a little bit of that money would have gone to grass and climate research but then again this is the English FA and they couldn’t organize a piss up in a brothel.
Capello has stated that he will not play anyone who played in last week’s FA cup final so no Terry, Cole, Cole part deux, Lampard or David James. This means that Adam Johnson and Ledley King will get run outs and Dawson and Carragher will get a run out of sorts.