…even if it wasn’t particularly convincing. A well taken goal from Ledley King, a rubbish handball offside one from Peter Crouch (which we shouldÂ try again during the knockoutÂ latter stages of the tournament) and an absolute beauty from Glen Johnson gave England an ultimately flatteringÂ 3-1 win over a Mexican team who had a number of first class chances (23 shots on goal,Â nine on target to our eight attempts, five on target)Â throughout the game. If last night’s opponents play that well in the finals, France, New Zealand and Uruguay will have to watch out.
To be brutally honest, there were times when we were outplayed: King’s goal came against the run of play and the Mexican goal just before half time was a result of defending at a set piece that would have embarrassed a team of under elevens.
Having said all that…this is exactly what friendlies are for and not playing particularlyÂ well and winning is far, far better than being the best team in the world and losing. I have no doubt that the performance against Japan will better: to put yesterday’s result in perspective, Portugal drew 0-0 with the CapeÂ Verde Islands, which is about the same as England drawing withÂ Gibraltar.
Oh and Argentina beat Canada 5-0. I can’t remember if I’ve written it before, but there’s always one team that scrapes in after a rubbish qualification campaign and then suddenly becomes a major threat. Our evil twins may be that team: they’re fourth favourites to win the whole thing at about 7/1.
BTW, techology hates me. I was happily twittering away last night and my laptop fan decided it didn’t want to play. Twice.