Thursday, 4 March 2010

Crouch Rescues Below Par England...

A double brace from substitute Peter Crouch saved England's blushes as they ran out 3-1 winners over a dogged Egyptian side at Wembley.

Egypt took the lead with a brilliantly taken goal by Zidan after Matthew Upson slipped leaving a route to goal free for the egyptian striker, but two goals for Crouch and one for Wright-Phillips wrapped up the victory for England who, no doubt, must improve to even compete in the upcoming World Cup.

John Terry recieved a hot reception from the England fans when his name was read out before the game and for each early touch of the ball. It's fair to say Terry has done wrong and the banter he receives at club level is perfectly fine, but to jeer a player who is representing his country and is struggling with confidence doesn't make too much sense, especially with all the expectation of the summer World Cup.

Gerrard and Lampard, yet again, showed that they are miles better for club than country and Capello showed that he is not scared to replace the England 'stars' for more hard-working players like Milner and Carrick, who have earnt their appearances after recent club form.

Capello's decision to replace Defoe with Crouch at half-time bemused many but nobody was complaining after the big robot added to his impressive goalscoring record for his country and continued to stake a claim for a seat on the plane to South Africa.

With Cole, Johnson and Ferdinand missing at the back England looked a bit wobbly but i'm sure the return of these key players will boost confidence in the squad and will hopefully lead to better performances in the future.

With all the negatives came another win under Capello and the Three Lions should look to push on from this victory against a side highly rated in the World Rankings.

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