Top five conclusions: England 1-2 France

Posted by - November 17, 2010 - Conclusions, England, France, International, Lists

1. It is very useful to get a realistic appraisal of where England are: second best to international football’s laughing stock.

2. England could start the match with two goalkeepers, a sweeper and an adventurous three-pronged attack. We would still be playing 4-4-2 by the final whistle.

3. Don Fabio is the man who puts the cap in Capello. Presumably the same PR bod who banned his brolly informed him that Twitter was not responding well to his baseball-themed rain protection either.

4. If there is any justice in the world, tomorrow Joleon Lescott will be forced to write a 2,000 word essay on why the 40-yard hoof to a lone striker is not always the best out ball.

5. Being outplayed by decent teams is preferable to whipping minnows. At least it keeps our ambitions in check.

  • Nick

    Just a terribly frustrating display from a team seemingly frightened to play and lacking in the technique of their Gallic cousins. There’ll be wailing and horror in the press, but the truth is that France have been able to field a very good side for some time, they’ve just been managed by a buffoon and dominated by a destructive clique for too long.
    Nasri and Malouda dovetailing together was a joy to watch, and a lesson to Jordan Henderson in the art of appreciating space, both finding it, and being able to control the ball in a manner that affords you more time on the ball. He’ll get better and is one for the future, but Barry worries me. His limited screening of the defence, poor positioning, and lack of passing range is a concern, and should propel Huddlestone into the international stage as soon as he’s fit again.