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Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Confident England Sweep Switzerland Aside
Well for large chunks of tonight's game, I thought we looked quite a decent team. Barry has his critics but he anchored the midfield well and allowed the attacking players to express themselves. Walcott did his full back superbly in the build up to the first goal, Glenn Johnson overlapped well and pulled back a lovely cross, Defoe stepped over intelligently and Rooney found it as easy to score as with a £1200 a time prostitute. 1-0.
Defoe could have played all night tonight without scoring - it was just one of those nights until he went off. But he played well, except when he tried to control that equisite Gerrard cross pass with his right when he should have shaped and slammed it home with his left.
Adam Johnson was a revelation. This boy is very, very good indeed. He exudes confidence and looks comfortable on both feet. It was a lovely pass from Gerrard to set up the second but Johnson timed his run superbly and showed great composure to round the keeper before tucking it away. How Capello must regret not taking him to the World Cup!
Ashley Cole was superb too and played the pass for the third, which Bent tucked away nicely.
True Switzerland were reduced to 10 men and still scored, but it was a hit and hope from outside the box that swerved viciously. Mind you, Hart looked decidely shaky tonight. He dropped two crosses, deflected a cross shot that he should have caught easily and kicked poorly. He was our worst player by a long way.
We could easily have scored five and Switzerland didn't threaten, even with 11 men on the park. Surely this now marks the end of the Gerrard / Lampard midfield pairing. This team had more pace, more balance and much more cutting edge.
Player ratings: Hart 4: G Johnson 7 Jagielka 6, Lescott 6, Cole 8; Walcott 7, Barry 7, Gerrard 8, Milner 7; Defoe 6, Rooney 7 Subs A Johnson 9, Bent 7, Wright-Phillips 6