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“If it hadn’t been for an horrendous mistake we would have had three points.
“You wouldn’t normally even see something like that down at Hackney Marshes.
“But we started with a draw when we went all the way in 1996 and I still think we can have a great tournament.
“Steven Gerrard was the pick of our players - in fact he was superb tackling, passing and scoring.
“Emile Heskey did better than I thought he would, but he doesn’t score enough goals and didn’t look like taking that great chance.” England man-of-the-match: Steven Gerrard.
“I’m still a believer!
“When we top the group with seven points, everyone will have forgotten this performance and that mistake.
“If you’re going to have a bad game, it is best to get it out of the way and then progress just as England will.
“Obviously we can’t afford for Rooney to be non-existent again and Aaron Lennon can’t keep being in and out like he was on Saturday.
“But the bottom line is that we will win the group and go through.” England man-of-the-match: Emile Heskey.
“I fear the Fabio Capello bubble could be bursting.
“I felt he made questionable decisions when naming his squad and made several more on Saturday by picking an underthe-weather James Milner, replacing him with Shaun WrightPhillips and by sending an ageing Jamie Carragher on.
“And I have to admit I’m not surprised that Rob Green made a howler. I noticed when the teams were lined up in the tunnel that he looked absolutely petrified.
“But that mistake aside, I don’t think we played too badly at all. We would have been nicely on our way.” England man-of-the-match: Glen Johnson.
“It wasn’t a disaster, but let’s face it, it wasn’t good either.
“We were too negative for me and didn’t play to our strengths. The English game is all about pace and power, but I can’t remember the last time we really dominated a competitive game and looked like scoring a lot of goals.
“I’m not a big Emile Heskey fan, but he didn’t do too badly overall. But you saw the difference between a world-class striker and a hardworking striker when he hit the keeper when clean through.
“If that wasTorres, Villa or Messi, it would have been a goal.” England man-of-the-match: Steven Gerrard.