The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

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