In their first competitive game since the World Cup, England easily defeated Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley tonight, with an excellent hat-trick from Spurs’ Jermaine Defoe.
Jermaine Defoe – great hat-trick for England tonight
England played as well as they did in the World Cup Qualifiers, when they won nine of their 10 qualifying game, and they got off to a great start tonight in the European 2012 Championships, with a good win against Bulgaria.
And it was 11 wins on the trot at home for England, and they got off to the perfect start after just 3 minutes, when Ashley Cole set up Jermaine Defoe with some good work on the left wing, and Defoe put away the chance with expert ease.
It was only 1-0 at the break, but England were the better side and playing some decent football.
And Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart showed why he is probably England’s goalkeeper for years to come, as he gave a competent performance in goal, and made three excellent saves for his country in this game, and kept a clean sheet.
In the second half on 54 minutes, Michael Dawson had to leave the field injured, and it looked like he may have badly damaged his knee, and it may be an ACL (ligament) injury, and if that’s so – he could be out for many many months.
We have to hope it’s not as bad as it looked, and Harry Redknapp would not have been too pleased at seeing one of his best players taken off injured, and it’s a great pity for the Spurs defender.
Bolton’s Gary Chill replaced the Spurs defender, and gave a good account of himself in the England side, and should start at Switzerland next Tuesday night.
On 61 minuets minutes England went up 2-0, with another good finish from Defoe, and then on 83 minutes Adam Johnson, after missing an earlier opportunity, hit his first International goal, with a good finish and yes – it was with his left foot.
And then on 86 minutes Jermaine Defoe made a great run through the middle and Wayne Rooney picked him out with a superb through ball and it was a hat-trick for Defoe.
Rooney had an excellent game for England tonight, and was involved in every goal, and seemed almost back to his best, as Fabio Capello had said he looked like in training.
And it was a great hat-trick from the Spurs striker, and Jermaine took each of his chances very well indeed, and now has 15 International goals to his credit.
It was a good and certainly a confidence-boosting individual performance from Wayne Rooney, and a good come-back for the England team, after the terrible disappointment of the World Cup, but they looked a good side tonight.