Japan Own Goals Save England Embarrassment

England beat Japan 2-1 in Austria this afternoon, but the performance in the first half was worse than pathetic.

And England even managed to miss a penalty thanks to Frank Lampard, and had to rely on Japan scoring all three goals in the game.

England’s performance in the first half was hopeless, with most of the England players seemingly sleeping though most of the first 45 minutes. Is the World Cup coming up or is the World Cup coming up – what’s wrong with these England players who seem to have no fight or spirit, and in the first half seemed at half speed in everything they did.

And Japan went ahead after just 7 minutes with a sloppy goal from England’s viewpoint following a corner.

Brazilian-born Tulio Tanaka got the ball 12 yards out from a right wing corner and hit the ball first time into the right hand corner of the net beating goalkeeper James and left back Ashley Cole, who was standing on the line.

This England defense looks far too porous at the moment, and yet another game without a clean sheet against mediocre opponents.

Spurs winger Lennon did have a good chance down the left but was unab;le to beat goalkeeper Kawashima from 10 yards out and then Sunderland forward Darren Bent could have scored when he seemed to get a free header, but he  headed past the post – he probably should have scored.

Joe Hart, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips were brought on for the second half  for  David James, Glen Johnson, Tom Huddlestone, Theo Walcott and Darren Bent.

Aaron Lennon moved to the right flank with Wright-Phillips out on the left, and  Wayne Rooney was the lone striker up front with Joe Cole playing in the hole just behind Wayne.

That has to be curtains for Darren Bent – he will not go to South Africa for sure – after again not taking the chance he was offered.

After 56 minutes and following a free kick for England, not one but two Japanese players palmed  the ball away for an obvious penalty, but that didn’t stop them from still protesting the penalty.

And would you believe Lampard was the man who took it – and yes – he missed again as goalkeeper Kawashima made a great save full length to his right.

At least Lampard hit the goal this time – his miss in the FA Cup final didn’t even make the goalkeeper (David James) have to make the save.

Goalkeeper Kawashima then made a terrific save from Wayne Rooney – the goalkeeper has played well this afternoon – the Japanese goalkeeper played so well this afternoon for his country – and he’s currently 3rd choice too.

England scored after 72 minutes, and it was due to Joe Cole’s experience and probably booked his ticket to South Africa.

Cole got the ball clear done the right wing and then put in a very good cross  only for Tulio Tanaka, headed into his own goal – but the ball had to be played because England players were waiting in the box.

So Tanak has scored for Japan and England in the game today.

Good play by Joe Cole.

England went ahead after 83 minutes with another own goal from Japan as the other Cole on the other (left) wing, Ashley Cole put in a good cross come shot, and Nakazawa deflected the ball into the net.

After 89 minutes Emile Heskey missed a sitter from six yards out following a great cross from Steven Gerrard – the Aston Villa reserve  just doesn’t score enough goals to be anywhere near the England squad.

Then on 90 minutes Japan hit the bar following a left wing corner – the England defense does not look solid at all – and the game ended with England  getting a fortunate win.

The second half was an improved performance from England, but it could hardly have been worse then the first 45 minutes.

The England final 23 squad will be announced on Tuesday.

Former Newcastle player Scott Parker hasn’t played in the warm-ups along with Villa’s Steven Warnock and we cannot see them going to the World Cup – and Sunderland’s Darren Bent has no chance. And Wallsend-born Michael Carrick will also probably miss the plane to the World Cup because of his poor performance  against Mexico.

We also have to think that Manchester City’s Joe Hart has done enough and will start for England against the USA in our first game on Saturday 12th June. But if  England play like they did in the first half, then the US will win that game.

Finally we have to hope that Martin Tyler is not the commentator for England’s World Cup games – is it just us – or is this guy the most boring commentator around – why does he keep rambling on and on and on  ……  and on?


England: David James (Joe Hart, 46), Glen Johnson (Jamie Carragher, 46), Ashley Cole, Tom Huddlestone (Steven Gerrard, 46), Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Theo Walcott (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 46), Frank Lampard, Darren Bent (Joe Cole, 46), Wayne Rooney, Aaron Lennon (Emile Heskey, 77).

Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Yuji Nakazawa, Marcus Tanaka, Yuto Nagatomo, Yusuyuki Konno, Yasuhito Endo (Keiji Tamada, 86), Makoto Hasebe, Abe Yujki, Keisuke Honda, Yoshito Okubu (Daisuke Matsui, 72), Shinji Okazaki (Takayuki Morimoto, 65).

83 comments so far

  • Alinufc

    May 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Was it just me or did or was Capello an idiot for not playing Milner for whatever reason he had

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Who cares, really?

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Team for the 2014 World Cup:


    Tavernier – S Taylor – Henderson – Enrique*

    Routledge – Guthrie – Newton – Adjei*

    Ranger – Carroll

    It’s written in the stars I tells ya

    *Qualified due to playing in England for 3 years but not playing for another country – or whatever that rule is

  • Alinufc

    May 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    true and that looks a pretty quality team

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Quality team?

    Carroll and Ranger will be banged up for a start. Enrique will be off, likewise Taylor and probably Guthrie. Routledge will end up back in the fizzy as he wont be able to cut it in the prem at his 5th attempt. Then you have made the rest of team wit the worst youngsters on our books.

    Nice. Deluded.

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Aside from Forster who will probably also get sold. Face facts, this we are going nowhere but down back to the day of McKeag.

    You probably wont have heard of him in India/China/wherever youre from, but your all about to get a timely reminder.

    Ardilles all over again!

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

    And it’s defence NOT defense

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Optimism, eh!

    TBH, snoutshuffler, I couldn’t care less what you think as you probably slitting your wrists. I was making a harmless little joke about nothing in particular and you thought it was real. And you’re complaining about our mentality. Ha.

    Unlike you I’ll still have my season ticket even if we do enter the McKeag type days again – something you probably only heard of off your parents. Keep up the good work, lad

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #9

    17 years as a season ticket marra, in the Leazes. Face it we aren’t going under this regime. The sooner owl head and his chubby master journey south and stay there the better.

    And at nearly 50 years old, I remember McKeag very well, and Lord Westwood, and Stan Seymour Jnr.

    So stop being patronising sunshine.

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    going anywhere I meant.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    But how is complaining and breeding negativity going to help?

    The only thing we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best

  • GeordieGerman

    May 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    England are going to win the World Cup. I mean Germany do it all the time…

    … Play lousy and win.

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    About the same help as thinking in some sort of fairy land and believing everthing is ok, when it’s far from that.

    Ashley has the puppets right where he wants them, fedding from his nipple, unfortunately there is sod all coming out of it apart from garbage.

    If your happy to be lied to, decieved, made a fool of etc etc, crack on. I want him oot though.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I want him out too, but it’s not happening until someone puts in an offer. Until then we have to hope and complete littler aims, such as staying up etc.

  • geordielad880

    May 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    I think england should have tried something similar to this in one of the warm up matches:-


    g.johnson—–ferdinand—–terry——A Cole





  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #16

    I understand that, small acorns, mighty oaks business.

    At the back end of last season, I was prepared to let him crack on with things, only becuase he was leaving well enough alone.

    It has always been a thin line though, and that statement killed any anticipation of looking forward ti the season.

    He has sentenced Hughton into becoming a scpaegoat who will probably be the fall guy for the fatman and his lack of investment.

    I wouldn’t want to see it happen, but if getting relegated again is the only way he pisses of the I would be prepared to go through. His lack of ambition deserves him losing a fortune on us.

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #17

    i couldnt agree more , thank god someone else is said the same thought it was just me , the man is a c*#t and cut from the same cloth as mckeag , westwood and every other b@st@rd who has walked the face of this earth

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    i would of went with that exact team into the world cup or maybe gerrard just off rooney, in the same line up

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #19

    AWC – Sorry, couldn’t be arsed to type your full name.

    And yes I realise it’s ironic I couldn’t be arsed to write your name and then wrote an explanation!

    It astounds me how people are willing to settle for the second rate rubbish Ashley has fed us.

    Not one peeny has been spent on transfers since he has been here. He has sold of our best assets and replaced them with cheap crap. Sell high eh Mike?

    Laugh it up you fat co(kney b@stard!

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #20

    That statement could mean anything though. Let’s say it does mean we will not spend anything or very little. It could still be a bit of a ploy by Ashley so other teams don’t jack up their prices when we sniff around a player like they have done for the last 10 years.

    I don’t think anyone can be certain until September 1st after that complain by all means

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Jack up their prices? Like the 10% rise in tickets since he has been here, despite the team sliding the other way.

    The shyster is up to something, and he will leave the lovers with egg on their face. He always has, and always will.

  • geordielad880

    May 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    ashleys wallets cobwebs // May 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM:- yeah same mate, to me it offers the best balance having natural wingers, and playing a holding midfielder allows lampard and gerrard to have the freedom to play like they do at club level, gerrard is wasted on the left

  • bri_2k4

    May 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    come on now kids and your petty argument we have abetter team now then the birmingham team that went up last year in second place so why dont you just think about the way your going on hope for the best you wont be saying this in 2015 when were one of the only clubs in the country that is still afloat its only a matter of time before the next pompy i would rarther say my club isnt getting much cash then lie and say ill give them 20-30 mill then get shite from the papers week in week out and then not even end up spending that much alls new castle need is around 5 mill with 6 players comeing in and we should bve mid table like sunderland who if you think about it spent around 30 mill over 2 seasons to get there !!!

    and for england

    would like to see

    Carrager King Terry A.Cole
    lennon Gerrard Lampard J.cole
    Bent Rooney

    would love to see england putting the ball in the box when bents playing cos he will score a few goals and when he was on in the first half we only got the ball in once wich isnt good enough,.

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Another one?

    Bring players that cost less than a million pund each, we’ll be fine blah blah. Another who suckled at Asleys nipples only to be dissappointd.

    Birmingham spent £15 million last summer.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Still I have no reason as to why the negativity helps *sigh*…

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    No future with Ashley in charge, it’s his own doing that there is so much negativity around.

    He made his bed and now he should lay in it!

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #27

    any one who thinks we can stay up with no money spent is living on a different planet , we will get raped in the premier league with this team , we didnt retain the ball well enough in the championship , only when we give it away this season we wont see it again for 10 minutes , and the lack of creativity is frightening

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Not only that, we conceded chances, tons of them, and only didn’t get punished because we were playing in a 5hite league!

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #29

    g.johnson – terry – ferdinand – cole
    barry / parker
    lennon – lampard – a. johnson
    think gerrard roaming will be a better option than any of the other strikers in a 4-4-2

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #30

    I read a brilliant article the other day about the types of Newcastle fan.

    It basically grouped it into two types:
    1) ‘Ashley apologists’, ‘pro-Ashleys’ or ‘Ashley sympathises’
    2) ‘Anti-Ashleys’ (people who vehemently hate him and complain about it a lot)

    Now I by no means am an Ashley sympathiser. He is a fool for the mistakes he made and the way he has fowled up our club time and again. However, there is no getting rid of him – last season’s protests proved that – the only way, I suppose we could get rid of him is if every Newcastle fan donated 10p, then we could hire an assassin, which would be pretty dangerous.

    And again, I by no means am an ‘anti-Ashley’, i fit into the new type this article referred to; a ‘pro-Newcastle’.

    Forget about all the things we can’t control as all it does is creates anger, hate et cetera, just focus on the things we can control (the noise in the ground etc)

    As the song goes: ‘We don’t care about Ashley, he don’t care about me, ALL WE CARE ABOUT IS NUFC’

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #31

    we need a whole new centre of midfield , both defensive and attacking , with alot more pace and mobility and creativity than what we have now , we conceded alot of chances from people running from midfield and we never had the legs to go with them, we will be destroyed with this team

  • snoutshuffler

    May 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #32

    HTL – Where was that article? I must go and register my case there aswell if I can.

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #33

    howay the lads
    the only way to get rid of ashley is to hit him where it hurts , in his pocket, boycott home games , packout away games , once the money starts slipping away so will he

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Don’t worry a few others made a case like you, but it’s http://www.nufcblog.org if you really must.

    ashleys wallets cobwebs
    We don’t need a new midfield – maybe if we were to challenge the top 8 then yes, but you have to realise we have good team spirit. I think most would agree we had a better team when we got relegated so some wonder why people think this team can stay up. Well, we also had a better team than anyone else in the bottom 10 so why didn’t we finish 9th/10th – it was team spirit

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #35

    yep , team spirit and positive thinking is going to turn a donkey from blackpool beach into a gold cup contender , get a reality check mate

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #36

    How did Havant & Waterlooville beat Liverpool and other decent teams in the F.A. Cup a few years back then?

  • geordielad880

    May 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37





    Its not a bad side and as good as wigan, blackburn, west ham etc. I wouldnt make alot of signings anyways, would only buy a winger, striker and someone to cover both RB and centre half like onouha.

  • Howay The Lads

    May 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Bit stumped, are we, cobwebs?

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    howay the lads
    cup games one offs , over the course of nine months you will be found out , i hope i’m wrong and he spends money , or by some miracle we have that first season affect and play above ourselves but just look at it with out black and white glasses on , if it was eg leeds coming into the premier league and ken bates states their is no money getting spent , we would already have them relegated , just stop looking at it with rose tinted black and white glasses on

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    May 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    stumped , because you brought up a fa cup run ? what do you think i am a chimp ?


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