Archive for September, 2008

Andorra 0-2 England- Joe Cole saves the day !!!

18 months ago, England visited the Olympic stadium to play Andorra in a Euro 2008 qualifier- March 2007 to be precise.

England struggled to break Andorra down. 0-0 at the break. Jeers at half time.

3 goals scored in the second half.

Saturday’s World Cup qualifier had a similar story line, but instead of McLaren, we had Fabio Capello, and the hero of the night was Chelsea winger Joe Cole.

England starting lineup-

———————–James—————————————————

Johnson———–Lescott———Terry————————–A.Cole

Walcott———–Lampard——–Barry—————————J.Cole

—————-Defoe———-Rooney

And while Cole might have saved the day for Capello, he still earned the wrath of the Italian for not following instructions.

Capello also criticised David Rodrigo, the Andorran coach, for using ultra defensive tactics. The remark is probably fair, considering that the eleven Andorran players were quite content to remain in their half for most of the game. But you need to remember that Rodrigo was coaching Andorra, ranked 186th in the world. And he has said that had he swapped roles with Capello for the night, England would have won by a margin greater than two goals.

Will Joe Cole get a place in the starting XI in Zagreb ?

Probably yes, and we need to come up with something inventive when our normal game doesn’t work. Andorra’s keeper hardly had to work in the first half, and we saw the usual long ball strategy being adopted after the first few minutes failed to produce a goal. Downing was disappointing, and the same went for Lampard, Defoe and Rooney. Theo Walcott had a good fifteen odd minutes on the right.

Slaven Bilic’s Croatia will be favourites on Wednesday.

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Buffon rubbishes £60m Man City link

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon, widely regarded as having the safest pair of hands in the football world, has rubbished claims of him joining Manchester City in January. Newspaper reports had stated that Buffon would be one of City’s targets, but the Italian goalkeeper has stated that the story is nothing more than  a ” journalist’s fantasy “.

And if linking City with Buffon was not enough, sports journalists are having a field day. We’ve already heard rumours of earth shattering bids to be made for Fabregas and Ronaldo in January. Duncan Castles reports in the Observer that Kaka could be set for Eastlands.

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