Otherwise, for something a little different, perhaps you’ll be interested to know how they saw things back in the ETO, the European Theater of Operations.
The lack of mention of Tim Howard is perhaps most interesting element of the match reports coming out of
I don’t think it’s a particular slight, for Howard is quite well respected there. There was just so much in the way of goalkeeping to drag around and kick at from
So, having spent some space on their own goalkeeping calamity, they had to then address the rest of the night from the Three Lions perspective. They went on about Wayne Rooney’s conspicuously quiet night. They beat the old Lampard-Gerrard war horse some more. You know, how they just don’t work in tandem. They blamed
They took the whuppin’ stick to Fabio Capello for his choice of Robert Green over David James. (By the way, James was the first man into the mixed zone interview area, where the athletes have to make their way through a mouse’s maze as journalists line up along the way. The players have to exit this way, so this is the opportunity to speak. So, here comes James straight away, first one out, happy to stop along the way – looking a little smug about it all, truth be known.)
Besides all that, I believe that assessing the goalkeeper gets higher priority in American journalism. It’s probably a throwback to the days of when
Here’s a fairly typical, succinct summation, representative of most others. You’ll find no mention of Howard.
So much for Capello's new focus and sense of purpose – here was the soul-sappingly familiar tale of
flattering to deceive. Early promise subsided into muddling mediocrity until a final flourish almost fooled us into thinking we might actually score. Green's pathetic mistake could shatter his career, never mind his tournament, but the game was really up when we lostrelinquished control after the initial euphoria wore off and poor passing and possession let the USA back into the game and we were fortunate Altadore carried on where he left off at Hull last season. Gerrard was England 's best player but like Cole and Rooney stayed too deep for too long. Rooney was wasted in a static central role. Heskey was a fine target man but it was pointless bringing on Crouch if he had no support. Johnson had a good second half but his attacking forays exposed Carragher's lack of pace. The England defended strongly in their box but gave us plenty of room in midfield in the second half. They had the best chances until our final desperate push. The best part of the World Cup is always the glorious wave of unifying optimism before a ball is kicked. Back to reality – USA to stagger into the next phase. England