More World Cup
Now for more...
The England game. Rooney should now get better and better the more England progress. He already looks sharp and very close to match fitness. From my time on Football Manager (the child of Championship Manager) this should be the case (anyone who has played this game will know how predictions of future players and certain tactical aspects of the game are very often accurate - in fact if they were C1 I suspect they would be regarded as ex eventu).
As all the tabloids and broadesheets have now have now gleefully pointed out the inclusion of 4 strikers (one untried in the top league, one potentially unfit, one very unfit, and one utterly useless) now looks very suspect. Owen's injury is serious (I actually suffered one similar as a teenager and it is a right [...]). Walcott STILL didn't get a run out so that is looking a weird inclusion. Usually I think there is little method in Sven's madness but this time there might just be. There is a possibility that Sven will go with 5 midfield and 1 up front (Rooney). This will mean a holding midfielder. Hargreaves played well and wouldn't be a bad choice for the role but Carrick is generally a better player.
Not sure about Beckham these days. In fact I'm not sure he has played well for several years. United were right to sell him after two poor seasons. I'm not sure why he has dipped so dramatically but he has. Lennon is useful and unknown to opposition but still needs to work on his crossing. That said some people are convinced that this new ball may lead to great goals but it is very problematical for crossing. (Lehmann may say it's bad for keepers too but I don;t recall him being any better with a normal ball).
Rio needs to be used more and thus play THROUGH the midfield and it might encourange cutting out the long ball to England's 9 foot striker.
And a slight apology to our US friends. After a ever so slightly bad comment on the standard of their national team (come on, you do run the world at least!) they then put up a pretty impressive performance against the Italians in bizarre circumstances.
And will Brazil drop Adriano and Ronaldo? Robinho looks sharper and always does a good job for me on Football Manager (yes, I'm Man United and Brazil manager). He is also good in real life. Actually, there are a few big decisions waitng to be made. Roberto Carlos has been over rated for years, living off one fluke free kick years ago. Cafu is also a bit old these days. Gilberto and Cicinho are waiting... I just wonder if there is any commercial pressure on Brazil (Team Nike?).
Looks like Holland and Portugal in the next round: that's a potential classic.
So far a very good World Cup. Will take some beating to top Spain 82 though (that Brazil team is the only equal to United 99 in my memory).