Ten Things We Learnt from England vs. Belgium…


  1. Hope you’ve got cups of tea and night blankets ready for watching the Three Lions this summer. It’s going to be one almighty snoozefest.
  1. Defensively, England look superb. We have the best left back in the world, one of the best goalkeepers and the other three appear none too shabby either. Whether this will last from Glen Johnson, who knows…
  1. England really are going to miss Gareth Barry. (Can’t believe I’ve just written that!) Having him in there would free up Steven Gerrard who is spending too much time tackling back and protecting the back four with Scott Parker. Let him loose Roy!
  1. Andy Carroll or Danny Welbeck? Two months ago this would have been a ridiculous question, but Carroll looks in decent touch and for the style England are going to play, Carroll could suit the role down to the ground. Welbeck did his chances no harm either though, what a lovely finish!
  1. Why, oh why did Rooney have to kick someone in Montenegro? England are a completely different outfit with him on the field. Obviously. Let’s hope we’re still in with a chance when it comes to the Ukraine game.
  1. We need to utilise the wide men more. Whoever plays out there (except Stewart Downing) offers pace, width and the ability to frighten defenders, be it Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott or Young. Get them running at people.
  1. Ashley Young is key to England’s chances this summer. For a man fighting for a first team spot at Old Trafford, he’s been superb in the colours of his country. His link-up play with the midfield and strikers is spot on and he’s also our best chance of grabbing a goal.
  1. At least Hodgson has a set game plan that gives us a chance of winning games. That’s one step ahead of Capello in South Africa. We may criticise it now, but if it wins us the Euros, who’ll be complaining then!
  1. Just one thing though. We’re not bloody Greece. Stop talking about the bloody Greeks. We should be ashamed to compare ourselves to them as the ‘surprise package.’ Our odds are 16-1, not 150-1. And the competition is significantly stronger in 2012 than 2004.
  1. For the record, Eden Hazard is over-rated. That’s one seriously expensive ego Chelsea are buying. Have a worrying feeling this one may come back to bite them on the bum.

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