Great performance last night I thought from England and a superb win for Scotland in France. Sacre bleu that’s two demoralising losses for les bleus in a week. Now the French know what it’s like to be an England supporter. Not that I’m crowing because as we all know it could all go horribly wrong for both the England footie and rugby sides yet. Sad reverses for the lads in green and didn’t Bellamy’s Wales do brilliantly (I still think he’s a prick) but it’s all a bit late I guess.
But back to England. Finally McQ resisted the temptation to tinker and put his faith in a balanced team of players and they repaid his faith in them. They looked especially good in that first half. I thought Barry had a sublime game and Heskey not far behind him. They simply did what was asked of them and did it without fault. Owen gets all the credits this morning, and he looked hot again, but it more than anything a really good team performance. Whisper it softly but I think Rooney, G Neville, Lampard and Beckham shouldn’t automatically get brought back into the side but should be drafted in only when this side starts to flag. What do you think?
Tell you what though once Hiddink got his A team on in the second half, the Russians did look pretty good. They’re in need of a striker clearly but they’ll be no push over in the critical away game. I thought it was tactically brilliant for Hiddink to load up on our two full backs at the start of the second half. The partnerships A Cole and Richards have forged with Joe Cole on the left and Wright-Phillips on the right are great but only when we’re attacking. They (JC and W-P) are lightweights at tracking back and helping their full backs. That’s why Mourinho hasn’t got complete faith in them of course. We kind of got away with it last night but it’s something McQ will need to think about. It looks like our Achilles heel. That apart a good outcome. The great underachievers came good at last against the Great Over Achiever. Definitely McQ 1 Guus 0 was the other significant result on the night…