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Ashley Young has never had a worse game in his career. All but 2 or 3 passes the WHOLE GAME were given back to Italy. He didn't do anything defensively, very very poor in midfield and none-existant up front. Very unlike him. Misses the penalty too. He was seriously atrocious, and why he played the full time is beyond me.
Johnson was terrible first half, but in the 2nd he was great. Terry was at fault for the many times Balotelli got through our back 4, but he was a rock in defence. 99 blocks altogether. Lescott was solid, as was Cole.
Milner was okay first half, non-existent the second. Gerrard was great - I criticise him all the time but he really has been fantastic today. Parker was pretty solid in the defensive midfield.
Can't blame the front few players for lack of input, but I can't rate them because of it. Rooney tried with all his might. Carroll really looked great - He won every header and created a couple of chances.
Henderson comes on for Parker was laughable. Should have been Oxlaide.
Overall though, it was a VERY poor game for us. First half looked alright, it had promise. Whatever Woy said in half time killed it though. Not a single pass in the 2nd half was good - Giving the ball away virtually every time we touched it. The stats show that;
Shots: 8 vs 31
We could have had a couple penalties, but they're really only half shouts.
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Well fair is fair. We weren't good enough but you know what? I'm still proud to call myself English and an England fan. We fought and we battled hard (apart from Rooney). Roy has installed that fight and pride into the team and I believe he can help us move forward.
England till I die!
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