England Looked Tired And Disjointed Against Mexico Last Night


We watched England win their first warm-up game for the World Cup last night against Mexico, and we were underwhelmed by the performance.

Fabio Capello – poor England performance

England won the game 3-1 and that’s important, but Mexico controlled the game for long periods with their skillful play, and they also managed to score their first ever goal against England in England, just before the break, and it was a sloppy goal for England to let in.

But England seemed to be able to score from set pieces and their first two goals came from left wing corners – the first a well planned move as Crouch headed the corner back to Spurs team-mate Ledley King, who headed it home in fine style.

And then Crouch got his 21st goal for England after the ball had hit the cross bar, following a corner, and he jumped to try to head it home but the ball hit his chest about a foot from the line – but it was a goal..

But the goal of the game was scored early in the second half when
right-back Glen Johnson beat a number of Mexico players before rifling home with his left foot just outside the penalty area – a wonderful goal.

If Wayne Rooney had scored that goal there would be headlines talking about the world-class goal this morning in the English papers.

In the first half the England defense, usually so strong and steadfast, looked disjointed at best, and Mexico should have scored more goals last night.

England boss Capello did not look very happy during ther game, but then again he never does. 😀

But we have to hope he gave the England players a rocket after the game for their lackadaisical play – they deserved it.

Capello said:

“I know Mexico are good technically, faster than us, and it was not easy getting the ball back. But I learned a lot about this game with the situation on the pitch, because I spoke to the players at half-time after that first half.”

“We have to press more. Not all the teams we play against will play like this – this was a different style. But you know that, for me, it’s very important to press the ball and win it back quickly.”

“I spoke with the players and said what they had to do. It’s normal, though. After the first training session in Austria, where we worked two days really hard, we weren’t that fresh. We are focused on the first World Cup game against the USA.”

“But I’m not concerned by tonight. It was really important to know where we are now, physically and mentally after a long season. We have time to recover a lot of the spirit of the team, of the group, and those qualities we have.”

“When we play counter-attacking, we are really dangerous. But I don’t just want to play on the counter. I want more.”

And Capello played the very injury prone Ledley King for 90 minutes to see whether he will be fit enough to be taken to the World Cup.

We’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for the player to recover – but if he’s not fit Fabio should leave him at home, even though he’s an excellent player when he does play for England. England cannot have any passengers in South Africa.

Fabio talked about King:

“I decided that he had to play all the game today. He will not play the next game. I think he’s a good player. I’m happy (with him) because these important players, good defenders, and these games give me an opportunity to see them.”

England striker Wayne Rooney, who looked very ordinary last night, wanted to be taken off in the dying minutes damaging his shoulder,  but Capello had already used all of his substitutes.

Nobody really shone for England although goalkeeper Robert Green saved England twice in the first half with two very good saves, the first one being world class.

Everton left back Leighton Baines struggled to contain the quick and skillful Mexico forwards and did little for Capello to include him in the final 23.

Wallsend-born Michael Carrick was unimpressive too, as was Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard – in fact nobody at all – other then Robert Green – really stood out for England.

Next up for England is a game on Sunday against Japan in the Austrian city of Graz.

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13 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    We were played off the park but better finishing was the key to the win. To be fair the Mexico though, they’re a great, pacy side with a lot of drive. First thing they did with the ball was knock it Green’s way.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I was surprised how good Mexico were – there were some good players on display last night.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    May 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Thats because they dont have Sven anymore.. 🙂

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  • Craigg

    May 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Last night showed a few things:

    1. I stand by what i said last week when i said that Routledge is more effective than Walcott, Pace wise he is slower but his final ball is better and he creates more when he drifts inside.

    2. I still think Carroll should be going to the world cup as Crouch is a donkey and Heskey is worse, The jocks are circling and Fabio should have capped him just to tie him down.

    3. Steven Taylor should have also been considered as an option for RB, Johnson defensively is all over the place and Carragher is slowing all the time.

    4. Milner is still overrated and was a good deal at £12m, The only problem was how the money was spent.

    P.S Jonas played far too safe with the Argies he just gave the simple ball and never tried to take anyone on, He should have played him on the wing and pushed Rodriguez inside with Mascherano.

    P.P.S Vela and Dos Santos may be worth a loan punt.

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  • toonboyjake

    May 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    i was at the game last night and yes england did look a little tired, but i think glen johnson, rob green, peter crouch, joe hart and jamie carragher (when they came on) played fairly good games last nght

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  • toonboyjake

    May 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    also gio dos santos looked a quality little player last night

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  • toonboyjake

    May 25, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    craigg vela was useless last night but dos santos was quality, quick on the ball and not afraid to skin a player

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  • Craigg

    May 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Vela didnt play great but i meant in general he is a good finisher who would play well of Carroll

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  • MacToon

    May 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Milner looked lost in the 1st half but did a little better 2nd (£25 mil lol), like you say Baines was poor and can’t remember him attacking at all and Carrick was poor too.

    Glen Johnson (fantastic goal) and Crouch were the pick of a bad bunch imo.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Milner is a winger, no doubt about it.

    Him and Carrick were bossed all game, but lets be realistic, they will not be anywhere near the centre midfield starting roles come the world cup.

    Why was Gerrard on the wing with Milner in the centre?

    Walcott was useless as usual and Lennon showed some real class when he came on. Although to be fair to theo, Salcido is one hell of an athletic player.

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  • Ericles

    May 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Good words Craigg. I thought the mexicans showed more craft and skill than we did, but their finishing seemed to lack some punch. Agree – Taylor worth consideration along with Carroll. Still seems to be the boring old pals together scenario with England too. We need to do much much better or else Jonas will make us look daft against the Argies.

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  • wickywoowoo

    May 25, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #12

    umm, didn’t the replays show Crouch was both offside and handballed to score?

    Even the commentators joked about the non-goal.

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  • steve1980

    May 26, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I think as usual Walcott is the whipping boy for the press. TW put in a good performance – his final ball is inconsistant, but name me someone in that position who is (Beckham – too old, Lennon – came on and looked decent against tired defenders, Milner – nope, Shaun Wright Phillips – first touch of an elephant!); nobody mentioned how awful Gerrard was, and Milner, who has to be the single most over rated English player – Scott Parker is a much better option in the middle than him, and may prove doubly invaluable if Garry Barry ends up having to pull out.

    Leighton Baines was also terrible – Warnock is a much better player as back up for A Cole. Carragher looked solid, but Rio was a worry – a total shadow of his former self. Ledley King was ok, but Dawson is the better bet for my money. Hard to tell how well A Johnson did, but he’s been a revelation this season.

    Just for fun, my first choice starting 11, fitness allowing, would be:

    Goal – Green
    Right Back – Johnson
    Centre Half – Dawson, Terry
    Left Back – Cole
    Right Wing – Walcott
    Centre Midfield – Barry, Gerrard, Lampard
    Left Wing – Rooney
    Forward – Crouch

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