ENGLAND FILLED ME WITH POSITIVE VIBES
THE talk this week was of a great game at Wembley but of a worrying England performance. I thought really differently about it. For me, there were tremendous positives to be taken from the whole scenario.
First, to go behind twice and come back and win takes great desire and outstanding character. That is the spirit that I talked of us needing to find in this column last week.
Second, it was brilliant that Roy Hodgson selected a new cap and used that new cap, Rickie Lambert, to win the game. That was a triumph.
Third, key players were on the pitch: Wiltshire, Gerrard, Rooney. All were out there which is testament to their commitment to the cause in the week of the PL kick off.
And finally, nobody hid from their mistakes. Both Hart and Cahill came under scrutiny and both had to face the music in relation to the goals. They took it on the chin which has to be a huge positive.
The feeling I am left with is that our World Cup future is in really good hands. The manager is getting big calls right. His big players are lining up behind him. The pride in the shirt is coming vividly alive. And the sense of responsibility is strong.
For me, it was a really positive international week.
ERROR: Joe Hart