Football World Cup 2006 - England v Trinidad and Tobago

Keeping the ball doesn’t seem to be England’s problem, having much possession (69% According to the match stats), moving the Trinidad and Tobago team from left to right across the field. The English midfield looks strong and determined and the defence was hardly bothered throughout the whole match.

But they just can’t seem to get the attacking part of their game going. Owen has not made much impact in the tournament yet and he must be looking over his shoulder, with Rooney now declared fit. Sven must be unhappy with Owens performance. He is a world class player who is not pulling his weight on the pitch. Crouch has been covering a lot of the field, coming short to link up with the Midfield, chasing balls down into the corners and winning lots of headers. Owen has not contributed and he needs to start moving the Trinidad and Tobago defence around, giving them something to chase and giving his team mates some much needed inspiration.

Goals change the flow of games and England need someone to provide the spark to light up their tournament. A player to link the midfield to the front players. England are just too predictable in the final third. This is such a shame to see because the side is so strong in every other department. But I think they are missing a superstar. Step up Mr Wayne Rooney, me-thinks.

This game was a disappointment for England. 3 points ensures progress to the next stage. No doubt they will be a tough team to beat for even the worlds best but they will need to show big signs of improvement against Sweden.

Surprise Team : Ecuador. 6 points from 2 games. I look forward to seeing them play Germany in their final group game as this will be the real test of their credentials.

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