Friendly fails to raise the pulse as England brush aside Mexico

Friendly fails to raise the pulse as England brush aside Mexico

Oh dear, that wasn’t very good was it. Still, only a friendly eh? And at least we know now that Steven Gerrard is happier playing through the middle than when he’s stuck out on the wing. Except, er… Steve MacClaren, Swedish Sven and every football fan in the country had that one figured out years ago. Nice one Fabio.

Speaking of friendlies, they really are rubbish aren’t they? You know everyone is playing to about 80% of their limits, no-one wants to get injured and there’s usually about 18 substitutions.

There were over 86,000 at the game the other night, all paying good money to witness a glorified kickabout. Crazy stuff. It always makes me laugh when England score in these games and the TV camera pans across in search of the bloke acting out the most mental celebration.

A word in your ear mate; it’s not a proper game, it doesn’t mean anything, stop making a fool of yourself. Please.

I was at Wembley a couple of weeks ago to see the mighty Whitley Bay take on Wroxham in the FA Vase final* and although there were barely 9000 in attendance the atmosphere was electric. This was a real game played in front of two sets of ardent supporters who were desperate to see their heroes win.

Ok, so technically the play might not have come from the top drawer but there were some lovely crunching tackles, a couple of cracking goals and some justifiably mental celebrations – both on and off the pitch – oh, and not a peep of complaint from either manager about the state of the Wembley pitch. Funny that.

So getting back to the internationals again, who came out of the Mexican stand-off with any credit? Robert Green had a decent half, he’s probably edging towards being first choice now. Peter Crouch didn’t do a lot wrong, apart from handling the ball before scoring, and of course Glen Johnson scored an absolute corker at the end.

But to be honest, the real winners, certainly in terms of securing their place in the squad, were the four Chelsea lads who had been given the night off. They didn’t put a foot wrong all night. After all that excitement I’m off to to iron my new England t-shirt ready for the next one…

* 6-1 to Whitley Bay seeing as you ask

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One Comment

  1. Posted by Ke17h on May 28, 2010

    To be fair, there can be no such thing as a ‘friendly’ amongst 22 testosteroned-up blokes, can there?

    Must be frustrating for England that they couldn’t unleash their true skills …