The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

“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.

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