After going into the competition being described as “no-hopers,” England have qualified for the quarter-finals relatively easily!
Despite allowing the opposition a lot of the ball last night, they never really looked in danger of conceding. Ukraines best two chances, a close range header and one that Terry cleared “ahem” off the line – were both off side. I don’t remember the ex-Blues keeper having to do too much other than one save over the bar.
I thought we looked solid and well organised. We had a good shape, and everyone stuck to it. Yes it wasn’t pretty to watch, but at least we have achieved some success.
Rooney looked rusty in his first game back, but that was to be expected – he got himself into several good positions and if he had been match fit, could have had at least a brace. He finished the goal off well from 5 inches, with a bullet header!
Gerrard played much better than the previous game, but still not as good as I’d hoped. Having said that, he provided several sublime passes.
My man of the match was Parker. He must have covered enough ground to have run home and back again. He put in a number of brilliant blocks and although didn’t offer the same threat coming forward as against Sweden – did the job set for him very well.
So thanks to Sweden, we now face the Italians on Sunday. I don’t expect it will be free flowing stuff, as both teams like to play out of a solid formation – but it will be interesting. I imagine as long as there aren’t any injuries, the same 11 will start. IF we win that, we could be playing the “old enemy” in Germany and we have a score to settle there. BUT BEFORE that, the Italians will probably provide us with our stiffest test yet. This is where we REALLY begin to see what this team is made of.
Come on you Blues, err sorry, England!