England versus Mexico – International Friendly

Has seen thinner days...but the Mexican talisman is still a dangerous threat.

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.

Beautiful stadium, deadly pitch

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.

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And they’re walking out, child in hand and a customary shot of “coach” Beckham.

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Full lineups

England Green – Johnson, Ferdinand, King, Baines – Milner, Carrick – Walcott, Rooney, Gerrard – Crouch.

Mexico Ochoa – Juarez, Osorio, Marquez, Salcido – Torrado, Castro, Giovanni, Guardado – Franco, Vela.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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These two will be in 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.

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86 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Adam on 2010/05/24 at 11:45 AM

    I hope no one wins this game.

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  2. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/24 at 11:48 AM

    Maybe I’ve read too much kickette, but that’s a very interesting photo selection, especially given the well advertised bromance between those two.
    There’s my pregame analysis contribution.

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  3. Posted by Adam on 2010/05/24 at 11:50 AM

    Wayne Bridge isnt on the team and will spend the WC time-frame banging Terry’s wife for revenge.

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  4. Posted by Adam on 2010/05/24 at 11:52 AM

    Mexico’s team: Perez, Juarez, Aguilar, Marquez, Salcido, Osorio, Torrado, Rodriguez, Giovani, Franco, Vela. Subs: Ochoa, Michel, Barrera, Castro, Blanco, Hernandez, Moreno, Guardado, Magallon, Torres, Bautista, Medina, Jonathan.

    Taken from ESPN Gamecast

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  5. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/05/24 at 11:54 AM

    ” this is the English FA and they couldn’t organize a piss up in a brothel.”

    I LOL’d for real at this comment ^

    On 1 hand I want England to win, since Mexico is our bitter rival.. On the other hand I want Mexico to win, to shake the confidence of England in preperation to our showdown June 12..

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  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 11:55 AM

    Hell of a 3-5-2 they came out in…huh…who ever believed that one?

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  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:10 PM

    Who’s Adam Morrisson? He’s that college basketball player from 2009 March Madness, no?

    The FA must stop with the non-footballing events – I know they want to make some money but not when it Fs up the pitch. No other UEFA Elite Stadium in England has these issues with “mini-climate”

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  8. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:16 PM

    England look shaky at the back. And a lot of it is self inflicted. I am sure a better team would have punished us.

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  9. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:22 PM

    Mexico are doubling up on Walcott, and staying tight on him.

    GOAL!!! Bad defending by Mexico.

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  10. Posted by Matt B on 2010/05/24 at 12:23 PM

    This looks like a US-Mexico game so far. Mexico has most of the possession, hasn’t done much with it, and they’ve conceded a goal due to poor marking on a set piece.

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  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:26 PM

    Nice “hustle’ from England…

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  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:34 PM

    That’s twice Walcott has run at the Mexican defence with them back-pedalling, and again, no end product. He should have gone for goal that time.

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  13. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:38 PM

    Leighton Baines is getting killed. His positioning and decision making is poor.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 12:40 PM

      And let’s remember Mr. George-I kill Tim Howard when I get the chace-Cross that Leighton Baines was easily…easily the best defender for Everton this year. Distin and Yobo both had some good games, but horrific ones as well.

      :>

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:47 PM

        He’s better than any English keeper at the moment, but a lot of TSG community say Howard is world class** – world class keepers do not flap at crosses.

        **I have said many times that this term gets used too often.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 12:53 PM

          Tim Howard is the pride of New Jersey. That is a higher honor in the United States.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:58 PM

          NJ, that’s the football hotbed that Di Rossi’s from, right? The same place where they support Italy over the USA?!?

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        • Howard is most certainly a world class goalkeeper. This is a true statement, because Howard manages to do some of the same things other world class goalkeepers do, without the aid that other world class goalkeepers benefit from.

          Banks and Shilton would’ve flapped at crosses too, if they thought their defenders were going to muck it up most of the time.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 5:34 PM

          We shall see Howard flap on 12th June .

          Difficult to compare keepers from different generations because changes to the laws. But, for the record, one is a World Cup winner, and the other won the European Cup (twice) with Nottingham Forest – who were in no way heavy weights in the old Division 1… they just had the best manager ever!

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        • Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/05/24 at 6:23 PM

          Die Rossi, George, it’s Die Rossi.

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  14. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/24 at 12:39 PM

    Oh LOL. 2 corners, 2 goals. England shouldn’t make too much of it given the the defense… but they will. Fine with me. The jicanos are not channelling their inner Milito with the finishing.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:50 PM

      Yeah, 2-0 is a little flattering to say the least. Ferdinand has gone walk-about too many times. I am not liking Carrick’s contribution to be honest either.

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  15. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:40 PM

    Second decent ball into the box. Goal No. 2. Where was the marking on Rooney?

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  16. ah yes, crouch offside on the second goal. it looked like it originally.

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  17. Posted by brian on 2010/05/24 at 12:50 PM

    The English defenders need another hit from the oxygen bong. where’s that high altitude fitness? Green is playing superbly to keep Mexico out though.

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  18. English giveaway in the middle lead to that corner. Mexico and England are trying to outdo each other on bad set piece defense.

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  19. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 12:56 PM

    Even though Mexico deserve their goal, you have got to be very unhappy in the manner it was conceded.

    Marquez with a free header. And what was Baines doing?

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  20. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 12:56 PM

    It’s too bad–for opponents–that none of Mexico’s group opponents possess a top-notch aerial game. Dune Buggy Galas is probably tops in that category if he plays.

    (Note Diarra out for France is a big loss as Toulalan was supposed to cover in central defense)

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    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/24 at 12:57 PM

      heh “Dune Buggy Galas”!

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:02 PM

      If this was a competitive game, of course you’d take advantage of Mexico on set pieces. But as a pre-WC friendly, I wanted to see a little more quality from England.

      Green has done very well.

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    • Posted by kaya on 2010/05/24 at 1:07 PM

      Tee hee. I think Domenech is going for broke by adding dune buggies to the training schedule.

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  21. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/24 at 1:02 PM

    George where does your confidence lie with your squad at his moment, compared to your confidence level at 12pm PT?

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:06 PM

      It’s hard to say. I look at the squad players and cringe because it’s clear that the drop off from the first XI is big. My biggest worry is the DM position to be honest. Hopefully Parker will be given a chance.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/24 at 1:10 PM

      Ah ok. W

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/24 at 1:11 PM

      Well I haven’t seen any of the match(yet) but from what I hear the Indivdual(and team) performances are lacking in the least.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:16 PM

        Too many individual and collective mistake from both sides to be honest.

        Walcott has *finally* put a good ball in!

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  22. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:09 PM

    Can you see Spector doing that from RB?

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  23. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/24 at 1:16 PM

    RE: Matt’s latest twitter

    are you saying that John Wilkes Booth and Diego Forlan aren’t serious aerial threats?

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 1:20 PM

      Yes.

      Diego Forlan is a phenomenal striker. He’s no Drogba, Ballack or Bendtner for that matter in the air.

      Their backline doesn’t come forward well either.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/24 at 6:39 PM

      I like how you didnt refer to my reference of Booth

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  24. Posted by kaya on 2010/05/24 at 1:20 PM

    very nice shot by anderson… but the defense was almost polite. can’t help but think mexico don’t want to harm a hair on the heads of the english players.

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  25. Posted by Matt B on 2010/05/24 at 1:25 PM

    Did my eyes deceive me, or does Rooney have a tramp stamp? I could have sworn I saw one when he went down a minute ago.

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    • I noticed this as well, and immediately thought it was a patch of caveman-monkey fur that most of us don’t have due to that little thing called evolution.

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  26. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:25 PM

    Shaun, I was thinking that too. (Rooney’s tramp stamp).

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  27. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:28 PM

    Looked should-to-shoulder to me…

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  28. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:39 PM

    How can Baines get nutmegged like that? Decent ball in too.

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  29. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 1:45 PM

    Great ball from King. Good coverage on the line from Mexico.

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  30. Loved Martin Tyler’s comment on Blanco. He’s overweight, he’s 37, but he does have that bit of an X factor.

    The only thing that could’ve made it better is if the Color commentator made some quip about the only d-line he’ll be troubling in South Africa is the one restocking the buffet at the local Old Country Buffet (Blanco became a fan of these when playing in Chicago).

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 2:14 PM

      Had he added in “Tummi Gummi” I would have inducted Tyler into the TSG Comment Hall of Fame….

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  31. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 2:05 PM

    I have been reasonably happy with England in the 2nd half – Mexico have been reduced from shooting from distance, although they did get behind once due to Baines’ error. I definitely like the Walcott – Johnson partnership on the right, and feel that Walcott did well with his defensive duties too. However, he still needs to be more decisive with his final ball, and perhaps a little more selfish. I think the biggest take-away is that Carrick is not the man to replace Barry. A. Cole is irreplacable – he really does give us that extra offensive dimension. And Heskey does make Rooney and Gerrard tick. I wish A. Johnson got a longer run out too.

    Hopefully the English media won’t be inflating this performance, because quite frankly, if we play a good team at the WC with a 1st half performance like that, then it will be game over at HT, with them spending the next 45 minutes closing out the game / picking us off as we go forward.

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    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/24 at 2:24 PM

      Listened to the Sky report and the slammed england. I thought they were harsh. I agree that second half as better. Possibly the worst game of Capello’s tenure, but a win is a win.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 2:31 PM

        The problem with these ex-player turned pundits is that they expect a faultless performance. However, the win will paper over the cracks. Remember, England are ‘supposed’ to be one of the contenders, so dispatching Mexico at home is hardly something to really crow about (sorry if that sounds a tad arrogant) – especially after that 1st half performance. It ended up being quite routine, but that’s not the point.

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        • Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/05/24 at 6:40 PM

          No George, if you’re honest with yourself England were terrible and benefitted from a very flattering scoreline. Mexico would be very very good if they could defend set pieces. That said, Johnson’s goal was definitely class.

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        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/24 at 6:56 PM

          Tuesday – If England were that terrible they would have lost. They beat a decent team and played poorly doing it. There were times when they did play well and had some positive flow, unfortunately Walcott’s final ball and decisions were terrible.

          Were they at their best? most definitely not, probably the worst game in the Capello era.

          Were they trying something new and seeing if some of their 30 players should make roster? Absolutely and I believe they found some answers.

          Will the US play well tomorrow? who knows…they will have the same type of roster as England did. People not used to playing together, new to the international scene, being played as square pegs in round holes etc…

          The key is not how the team played in these pre cup friendlies but to see what they learn and how they use that in the next one and then in the group stage matches.

          Winning or losing is not important. Capello learned that this formation with these players does not work…he changed it up in the second half and got better results but still not satisfactory.

          So in theory i agree with you. I just think its a little extreme to say terrible.

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        • Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/05/24 at 7:09 PM

          Well, the reality is that the US should find this very encouraging. If you don’t concede from a set piece, England are hardly watertight and were repeatedly sliced open on quick counters. The only weapon Walcott has is speed. The US would not have concede any of those goals. Mexico defended poorly. Will Capello drop Gerrard?

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        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/24 at 9:46 PM

          Tuesday – I don’t think so. He was at the set up for both the first half goals by taking the corner and sending in the cross to Rooney and in the second half he and England played a lot better when he could drift in the “free spot” and have Milner out wide. Maybe he goes back to the left and Lamps goes up top behind the strikers and Milner back in a more traditional 4-4-2.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 5:01 AM

          Tuesday – if you read all of my comments, I haven’t been particularly complimentary towards England, especially the 1st half performance. I saw the game and watched it again, and I know it wasn’t our best performance.

          And if you read what I wrote pre-match about my preference about being defensively sound rather than winning, you’ll know how I feel.

          How can you categorically say that the US would not have conceded any of those goals? Didn’t we score against you from a set piece last year?

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  32. Posted by John on 2010/05/24 at 2:17 PM

    I just spent 5 minutes googling for Rooney’s tramp stamp.

    I feel like it might be Kylie Minogue based as he does love his music.

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  33. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/24 at 2:26 PM

    A 3-1 win against a team that has had 5 friendlies already in May.

    That’s not bad at all….especially given that many regulars weren’t playing.

    Mexico should be fretting — they should have the chemistry to beat a team that just came together.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/24 at 2:33 PM

      Green made a couple of very good saves, but to be 100%, he should have buried them. And in a way I wish he did…

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  34. Posted by John on 2010/05/24 at 2:37 PM

    The International Divers Squad (aka Portugal) released a statement after their 0 – 0 draw to 117th ranked Cape Verde.

    “We truly believed that Diego Maradona was getting too much of the limelight and decided to surpass his monumental stupidity by drawing to Cape Verde at home. In this we have now accepted the pressure from his shoulders.”

    Reports indicate that a new Nike add will be filmed with Christiano Ronaldo repeatedly missing the net from shooting wide and then throwing himself on the ground in front of the Cape Verde goal.

    Local Portuguese fans were quoted as saying “The original Nike commercial is very true to us as at the end, even in the dream world of advertising, they did not show Ronaldo scoring for Portugal.”

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  35. The stakes for this game should’ve been that if Mexico won at Wembley, they get back Texas and Arizona (which were theirs to begin with…sort of.)

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  36. England never had them. It belonged to the aboriginals, who oddly thought it belonged to everyone.

    All countries in their modern incarnations are stolen.

    England culturally has those areas though. This has never changed. Nor is it ever likely to, barring Armageddon.

    I’ve always found it funny, you know, America is Britain, Britain is America. Absolutely true and also absolutely not true. If you are white and grew up in the American East, you most likely have ties to Great Britain and/or Ireland. America and England are like the brothers who never actually manage to become comfortable in the same room, and who only acknowledge each other with the reflexive civility that has been drummed into our heads for centuries.

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  37. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/05/24 at 6:32 PM

    Quick points:
    Ole, ole, ole, ole defending.
    There’s nothing to fear from Walcott but fear itself.
    England have a big DM problem.
    Mexico are a good team that will play some entertaining football: do they even have a system? Was that a 3-4-3?
    England beat Mexico the same way we usually do but they are a very very beatable team.

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    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/24 at 6:43 PM

      To be fair England were without 3 of their out field starters. They were poor in the first half but one thing that hasn’t really been mentioned is Capello’s structure change in the second half. Putting Milner out wide where he is more comfortable and Gerrard in the middle did 2 things.
      1. It helped England maintain possession which they were failing at in the first half
      2. And also on his instruction, shored up the defense cause they were more aggressive defensively.

      England in the second half went through the motions of a team in the lead. The fringe players didn’t really do themselves any favors in this game. Lets see what happens when they play Japan on Sunday.

      I thought Crouch, Lennon and Johnson played well. King was ok but needs to do better.

      I think the most pleasing thing we can take out of this game was the keeping for England. It didn’t suck!

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/25 at 4:53 AM

        4 starters (Barry, Cole, Lampard, Terry).

        England didn’t solve anything here, but surely Capello has his answer regarding Carrick. There’s one thing to give to ball away, but quite another to do so under zero pressure whatsoever – and then really put ourselves in trouble because of our shape. I really wanted to see how Parker or even Huddlestone coped with Mexico’s short, quick, incisive passing.

        The first half was worrying because we stood off them too much. As Shaun says, second half was better after the switch.

        Bringing A. Johnson on for 6 minutes was pointless (from a pure playing stance).

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  38. Man of the match for England: Harry Redknapp. I would expect Dawson to get a look during the next match since King won’t be available. Does England bother taking King? Excellent player, but short layoffs between games make him a tough call, no?

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  39. Posted by KMac on 2010/05/25 at 3:47 AM

    I just watched the DVR of the Eng v Mex game. I think it would have been more interesting if they had played at Azteca : )
    You know, to see if all that Sound of Music Scenery and oxygen face mask bong hits work with smog and bags of body fluid raining like buzzbombs during the Blitzkrieg.
    I think I need more sleep.

    Off to East Harftord for the Czech game!

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