England Andorra review

For the England Andorra game played on September 6, 2008, please click here.

On paper this does sound like an absolutely professional performance.

Jermaine Defoe*2, Peter Crouch *2, Steven Gerrard ( England 5-0 Andorra)

But there were chinks in the performance and I wasn’t the happiest England fan after the end of this match. Mclaren started with Wes Brown in the centre with Rio and Jamie out due to injury and brought the out of the news Phil Neville at right. Hargreaves partnered Lampard in the centre and Gerrard started on the right. Stewart Downing started on the left in the absence of Joe Cole. Now Downing isn’t the greatest left winger, but England have an acute paucity of left medios and he, Richardson and Cole are the only ones who could get in.

When the game started out, the Andorrans didn’t seem to want to even attempt to win.It looked as if they were playing 10-0-1 and the one poor chap upfront often looked lost. Some of their players looked extremely unfit and their height wieght ratio gave me and indication they might be better off in wrestling or rugby. Goal no.1 was a foot goal for Crouch, who is now on a goal scoring spree. Goal 2 was the best of the game with the shot from Gerrard being a splendid effort. Goal no.3 was an assist from Gerrard and his cross from the right after bamboozling his marker could make any winger proud.Jermaine Defoe tapped in it from point blank range, though the defender before him made an attempt which could at best be called lazy to stop the ball.

Goal 4 went to Defoe, again courtesy of some poor defending. Goal no.5  was a Crouch header from a Lennon cross. Lennon gave the left defender lot of work to do after coming on as a substitute. Andorra showed some intent only in the last 10 minutes , but it was too little, too late. Crouch could have got a hattrick, but he shot Johnson’s pass wide. Owen Hargreaves has only got better  after the WC game aginst Portugal and again was unlucky not to hit the back of the net, hitting the bar no less than three times.

The problems for England though were

1.) absolute lack of practice for the defenders.

2.) Frank Lampard has not got back to his best form

England could have won this even 10-0 if they had really applied themselves, but 5-0 is a decent result at the end of the day.

They next play Macedonia away and I remember the game before the 2002 WC which ended in  a 2-2 draw with a Macedonian player scoring directly from a corner.

See ya then

1 Comment »

  1. I’m happy for Defoe. Crouch is among goals again. Looks like nothing can go wrong for McLaren.


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