Some National Anthems:
Owen Hargreaves is the answer to no footballing question whatsoever. Shame, really, seeing as he is ostensibly a good player but has done (as I can gather) the grand total of "sod all" in his 30 or so England appearances.
I am worried about Michael Owen. I know he is playing himself back into full fitness but he doesnt look that great to me.
Our defence on top form loooks pretty solid.
Half way through the first half, the guy sitting next to me called Joe Cole a "greedy little c*nt" loudly, and then apologised for his language. I told him not to worry as it was the most accurate thing I have ever heard. It's like watching an eleven year old who knows he is miles better than his classmates.
Beckham's dead ball delivering ability is key.
Peter Crouch is in every single sense of the term a brilliant Plan B but in no sense whatsoever anyones Plan A. He is also the lankiest streak of p*ss on the planet (and this comes from someone who is nearly as tall as he is) - his trackie bottoms don't anyway fit. He looks like Melman the giraffe off of Madagascar.
Overall, I thought England did pretty well. Patient, solid in defence and composed. When we play at an attacking tempo we look a match for anyone, although for long periods of the second half I still thought we failed to retain possession of the ball for long enough. Beckham dropped deeper and deeper into that nonsense "quarterback" role rather than the team keeping their shape and moving the ball about.
Anyway, notwithstanding these criticisms, I thought we did OK. If we find a penalty taker, that is.