England Lose 2-1 To France – Carroll Impressive In Debut

England were beaten for the first time at the new Wembley Stadium tonight by France 2-1, and it was a deserved victory for the French.

Andy Carroll – in action for England tonight at Wembley

Newcastle number 9 Andy Carroll made his England debut and put in an impressive show, and he won a number of headers and his hold-up play was good, but England hardly put any high balls into the box, so never really used the Geordie striker’s strengths..

But France completely outplayed England in the first half, as they completely dominated the midfield, and deservedly went ahead with a good goal from Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema on 16 minutes.

As half time approached it was obvious that Fabio Capello would have to change things around, if England were to get back in the game, and Andy Carroll was probably England’s best player in the first 45 minutes.

Fabio introduced Micah Richards, Ashley Young and Adam Johnson for Theo Walcott, Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry, and Everton’s Phil Jagielka moved to center-back from his unaccustomed right back position, and Man City’s Micah Richards came in at right back for the very first time under Fabio Capello.

Steven Gerrard took over the captaincy and went from playing the deep striker role that Kevin Nolan plays at Newcastle, to central midfield, to try to get England back into the game, and the England team were much improved immediately after the break.

However, a beautiful move down the right wing by Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna set up Valbuena, who swept the ball past goalkeeper Ben Forster in expert style, and England were behind 2-0 after 55 minutes.

On 75 minutes Newcastle’s Andy Carroll was replaced by Jay Bothroyd, also making his England debut, and Andy got good applause from the London crowd for a very promising debut, although England never used his strengths by playing high balls into the box..

And then Steven Gerrard, who had bravely attempted take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, went off injured and no doubt Liverpool manger Roy Hodgson will be pleased to see that.

Steven was replaced by Spurs striker Peter Crouch, who within a minute of coming on after 83 minutes, scored his 23rd goal fro England, when he calmly volleyed home a corner from Ashley Young – a great goal from Peter.

But there was no equalizer for this England side, who in the end were simply beaten by a better France side.

Perhaps only France were worse than England in last summer’s World Cup in South Africa, but the French showed good skill and good football tonight to deservedly win this game, so let’s give them credit where it is due.

When Andy came off to warm applause after 75 minutes, we didn’t any sign of a limp, which hopefully is good news for manager Chris Hughton and the Newcastle fans. 😀

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • tjshawsey

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #1

    I saw a limp around the 35 minutes mark, but he seemed to shrug it off. Good display from Andy, poor display from England. Typical a good ball comes in for Crouch so everyone is now saying he should’ve started, Carroll just didn’t have the service!

  • ganiyu

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder why people rate walcott and milner so high?the truth is dat joey barton deserved a call.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Ed but punting the ball into the box isn’t playing to Carrols strengths thats just one area of his game. Lets not pigeon hole him, they really just didn’t play any head high, shoulder high, chest high, stomach high, thigh high, Knee high or foot high balls to him at all.
    He played well in a very, very poor team, I’d like to bet he can’t wait to get to Newcastle United and play in a real TEAM.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Carrick and becks would add to it

  • MacToon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #5

    What a dreadful game, no service to Carroll worth mentioning and can’t believe Cappelo picks Milner over Adam Johnson…….How many misplaced passes by England? too many to count!

    Hopefully Carroll’s uninjured. Why is everyone (southern press etc) jumping on the Carroll bandwagon, what they doing… building him up to knock him down!

    Don’t trust any of these pundits or (so called) news people.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Totally agree with you that Carrick and Becks would add to it, thta is the list of Players never to be considered for England again.
    The problem doesn’t lie with a dirth of talent but with the FA, there is talent available and even more to come through but they get no true coaching. We need to get back to grass roots football, kids are playing on over sized football pitches and they are picked for teams because they run around like chickens after the ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DENIro

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I don t understand why managers use that one striker tactic. If there was one more with Andy, game will be draw at least…

  • Brutooon

    Nov 18, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #8

    i didn’t watch the match but ratings from several website stated that he got 7/10 while even gerrard was given 5.5/10

  • Flop

    Nov 18, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #9

    He was starved of any service, he was definately one of the better players. England lacked Barton and Simpson. Joey would have been better than any midfielders in the first half. If only he could keep his fists to himself.

  • baro

    Nov 18, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Great debut. Got to say England look very poor! Besides Carroll. They really need some true midfielders. Call up Beckham, Barton. They are awesome, and will more than surely provide Carroll with great crosses.

  • Sawbuck

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #11

    I can’t see Capello behind the wheel through ’til the next World Cup.

    The raw deal for us would be Dirty Harry to England and Hoots and Carroll to Spuds.

  • MonsterMagnet

    Nov 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Rubbish tactics from Capello – Carroll made the best of a bad system. Why play Milner on the left, who isn’t going to go outside and get the ball in, and Walcott on the right, who goes inside all the time and can’t cross anyway, with one striker up front? It should have been Johnson on the left and Lennon (if he was fit) or Milner on the right, whipping balls in to Andy, high and low. But no. We had Lescott pummeling the ball forward when our midfield ran out of ideas. And they played Gerrard in the ‘hole’ – why does the England manager always go this to Gerrard? He is a CM, box to box. He’s not Kevin Nolan, he’s not Stewart Downing. He’s a world class CM. Play him there.

  • cgrizzly87

    Nov 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Beckham is injured, Carrick is distinctly average.

    Carroll did really well last night, considering the limited service that was provided.

    The system England played was all wrong, people out of position AGAIN. I don’t understand why they insist on forcing square pegs into round holes…

    Speedy left footer (A.Johnson) needed on the left and someone that can cross (not Theo) on the right.

    God damn Fabio makes that job look hard!

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    I thought bigger lad did well with what poor service he got, got his head to most balls that came up the park and held up as well as well.

    Was it just me or did well appear to be very slow in developing anything compared to France who attacked with speed and imagination, and closed down fast when they did not have the ball?

    Not a great fan of Carrick even though he is a Geordie, has no pace and needs far too much time on the ball which he gets when at manure but would have been caught with the ball just about every time last night.

    As for square pegs and round holes I remember when Dutch football used to be 11 pegs with no discernable shape, and they fitted whatever hole they were in at the time.

    Gareth Bale, Ashley Cole attacking goal scoring defenders, whatever will we have next right footed players that play on the left?

    It’s the tactics that are poor and the desire of the players not the holes they fit in.

    FACT the French made us look decidedly poor, we were out thought out played and out grafted, you can be forgiven for the first two but never for being out grafted.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Nigeria would do better


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