Costa Rica 0-0 England
Former England Defender Danny Mills: “This a great opportunity for some of England’s young players to really put a marker down. But they just haven’t troubled Costa Rica and I am really surprised by that. There is just one option when England are on the ball. You need three of four to play well. England also have to play at a higher tempo, work harder and be more tactically aware.”
Tom Rostance: “Ross Barkley runs over to take a corner – but he’s on the wrong side. He has to trot the full 50 yards or so over to the other side. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before. Anyway, his delivery from the right side is good, Phil Jones nods it back and Daniel Sturridge heads over from seven yards. Decent opening.”
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Taher E: Don’t despair England fans, just wait till we have a fit Walcott and the Ox tearing it up on the wings!
Matt Holford: Wilshere offers nothing to this England team. Gives the ball away all the time and creates nothing.
Phil McNulty in Belo Horizonte: “Everton’s Ross Barkley shows the two sides to his game that have come under scrutiny from manager Roy Hodgson. He concedes possession in a dangerous area with an over-ambitious run then shows fast feet in the lead up to Daniel Sturridge’s penalty claim. The positives still outweigh the negatives in a talent that has a long England career in front of him.”
Tom Rostance: “Pretty even game now, both sides keeping the ball fairly well. No real incisiveness from England in the final third. Same old, same old…”
Tom (via text): We do need a few changes but the biggest change needed is the fans, boring criticism and no support. Not to mention whining
Ollie in Cheltenham (via text): Shocking for England no passion in their play. Glad Roy is giving the younger players ago.
Danny Mills: “I have not seen anything to impress by a single England player yet.”
Tom Rostance: “Roy Miller whacks a pass right out of play and gets Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto to his feet. Furious, is Pinto. Miller plays with Thierry Henry in the MLS. Don’t be playing passes like that with Thierry in the side Roy…”
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Simon Weber-Brown: Is anyone actually watching England play right now? I am English and I am watching the Italy game because I want to see some soccer!!
Tom Rostance: “Costa Rica have made 188 passes, England 189. There’s nothing in it. England have reached parity with Costa Rica. That’s progress…Yes, yes, yes – no! Ross Barkley at his best, strength, touch and poise to bring the ball down, nutmeg one man and beat another with a body swerve, he is out on the left of the goal but his composure deserts him and he screws a shot wide. Keep that up though Ross. Lovely stuff.”
Danny Mills: “No composure from Ross Barkley but he had no options. There was no one to pass to. England must help each other out, it is a team game for goodness sake.”
2ND HALF KICK OFF!!! NOW I HOPE FOR THE LAST HALF OF THIS FIRST MATCH OF THE DAY THAT ENGLAND SCORE SOME GOALS FOR US AT THE MOST.
Former England Winger Chris Waddle: “England could play higher, get tighter, squeeze play a bit. I still think we are so naive. We don’t mark players, we mark space. We are miles off certain things, there is no energy and we are making them look better than they are.”
Tom Rostance: “England last scored more than once vs Sweden in 2006, and have scored only six goals in their last eight World Cup games. Strong run from Luke Shaw down the left before winning a free-kick. Can England deliver with quality? No. Half an opening for Daniel Sturridge after Luke Shaw’s right-footed shot was blocked on the edge of the box but his first touch is not good enough and goalkeeper Keylor Navas is out quick to make a fine save. Once or twice Sturridge has had a sighter in this game but he’s not been sharp enough. Luis Suarez scored both of his chances, that’s the difference. England on top but posing little threat. Adam Lallana then hooks a clever pass into the box but it’s between Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard. Ross Barkley is booked for a cynical pull on Christian Gamboa.”
Former England Defender Phil Neville: “It’s energy management for Costa Rica now – they’ve got bigger fish to fry in the tournament.”
Danny Mills: “Sturridge has had three or four good half chances. He has not shown that sharpness that we saw at club level. Ball came to him and he miscontrolled it. The press back home has been vicious, it is going to be worse tomorrow. If they had had a go today, the press would have been light on a young team but I am struggling to see anything positive about this performance. This at the moment really is rock bottom.”
Tom Rostance: “Decisions, decisions – England can’t make the right decision. Again they work the ball into a good area but Jack Wilshere takes too long and runs into a defender. Has anybody spotted a positive?
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Jack Tarrant: Jack Wilshere – Where did all that talent go? Shell of a player – spends so much time on ground and is so ineffective.
Luke: Sturridge this WC has been just as frustrating as what led to his Chelsea and City exits
Roy Julian: How many years did Hodgson say it would take for England to improve? Six wasn’t it. What planet is he on?
Phil Neville: “This game is set up perfectly for someone like Raheem Sterling as he has got the speed to run in behind. The best England moves have been between Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge but the final pass is just letting them down at the moment.”
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Timothy Rawson: To quote Auden: Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone….English national football died tonight
Tom Rostance: “From Phil Neville to W.H. Auden. There’s something for everyone here. Adam Lallana goes into the book for a bad foul, studs-up stuff. That’s three bookings in quick time for England, who are as frustrated watching this as the rest of us.”
Danny Mills: “England are giving us no opportunity to be positive and that is the most disappointing thing. They are giving the ball away under no pressure. Under pressure England can’t normally keep the ball but tonight they can’t keep it when under no pressure.”
Tom Rostance: You’re in! Luke Shaw releases Adam Lallana with a classic throughball, he has Daniel Sturridge inside him waiting for a tap-in but Keylor Navas reads it well and makes the save. Good goalkeeping, average attacking. Costa Rica now bring on forward Christian Bolanos. They are topping the group anyway but want a win to seal it.”
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David, East Sheen: It’s a glimpse of the future and it’s the same as the past. Hodgson is also inept though. What’s the intent, formation, identity and tactics? It’s a rudderless ship that has got 11 castaways on it.
Steve on a train from Edinburgh to Durham: Why all the doom and gloom, we’re holding the 100% record group leaders to a draw?
Phil Neville: “Jack Wilshere goes off. He has not had many 90 minute outings under his belt in an injury ravaged last few months of the Premier League season. Steven Gerrard comes on to join Frank Lampard in midfield, That partnership didn’t quite work out – the balance wasn’t right. But Roy Hodgson has to make sure that Steven Gerrard doesn’t retire as we need him now more than ever.”
Tom Rostance: “James Milner – who normally comes on to end games like this – is replaced and Wayne Rooney comes on. Four goals here in the last 14 minutes and Wayne could win the Golden Boot. It’s very 0-0 here, and very 0-0 between Italy and Uruguay. Go home, Group D, you’re drunk. That is nice from Wayne Rooney! He chips a lovely effort from 20 yards but Keylor Navas reads it, backpedals and turns it over the top! If he has bitten a defender, why would Luis Suarez do that again? Incredible. Anyway, there’s nothing going on for England. Into the last seven minutes of a dull, dull game.”
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Matt: We should enjoy this while it lasts, genuinely feel England will struggle to qualify for future World Cups.
Tom Rostance: “Into the last five minutes of England’s World Cup. Not one to remember…Can England get a goal, a win to end their World Cup campaign?”
THIS MATCH HAS BEEN BORING, NO GOALS SCORED BY EITHER TEAM, THIS IS NOT HOW I EXPECTED THE MATCH TO BE.
INJURY TIME +3
Tom Rostance: “Into added time. Costa Rica will win Group D, Uruguay are going through and Italy and England are going home. Everyone will be talking about Luis Suarez…”
Phil McNulty: “Bit of action involving stewards and some England fans here in Belo Horizonte. The game? No-one seems interested any more.”
THIS HAS SET OUT TO BE THE WORST MATCH EVER IN HISTORY, NO GOALS SCORED WHATSOEVER.
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