I have never seen such a deflated team as England were tonight. They were personified by the drooping shoulders of Wayne Rooney as he looked lost for the entire match, a look that I have never witnessed before, especially by him. Two matches and two draws; not a good start to the England campaign.
Fabio Capello is one of the great old fashioned managers, he has stayed with the 4-4-2 formation through thick and thin. During these two matches I can’t help but be reminded of Mike Bassett’s performance, as he stubbornly sticks to this formation saying it is the key to England’s success, although his story was a work of comic fiction. I have always laid my trust with Capello, as he lead England to an almost flawless qualifying campaign. But England obviously have a lot more to show and it is their confidence that is keeping them behind, and for the first time i find myself doubting him.
I hope, for England’s sake, that just like in Mike Bassett we make it through our group stages and go on to prove ourselves to defy all our critics, but the more i think about the bigger teams, less evidence for success becomes exceedingly apparent.