At 1-0, the U.S.A. were doing well. I said to the mates in the pub that they looked like they would score, but that England would be 2-1 victors at the end of the night. Oh dear. English goalkeeping howlers. To be fair, I feel sorry for the lad Green. He must have felt like the worst, loneliest person in the world at that point. It was a bad goal to let in, but then again, I've heard plenty of stories that this ball is basically an anti-goalkeeping nightmare. There is absolutely no way to predict which way it is going to go, or safely anticipate it.
Rooney was absent, but I thought Heskey played well. England had some killer passes, thanks to a bad U.S.A. defence. But the lad got in to the right position, and he set up the goal. I think he deserves to keep his place for the next game. The wings, however. Glen Johnson was putting in great crosses, but apart from him, where was everyone else? Where was Joe Cole's spark? Even though England are guaranteed to go through to the Last 16, something needs to be done. Rooney was playing too deep, he was looking to run with the ball rather than run to the ball. Too many balls went in to the box without him being there. When the real competition comes, they're going to have to up their game big time.
Algeria are a good team. The U.S. will have big problems trying to beat them.