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Old August 15 2012, 11:21 PM   #4370
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Re: (UEFA) Football Thread - Football not Soccer

ENG play, well actually pretty darn decent a better system and actual completed passes ...

Butland (6.5) - Didn't have much to do though made one smart save, nothing he could do with the goal. Clear potential to be better than Hart IMO.

Walker (6.5) -Decent going forward and apart from a few shaky moments looks alright at the back, still early days at this level for him.

Jagielka (7) - Great goal and played with his heart though needs to work on being closer to the striker when ball is played over us.

Cahill (6.5) - Solid enough, looks a little leggy after coming back from injury. Main defender for me at 2014 now with Terry/Rio's reign virtually at an end.

Baines (6.5) - Caught out a few times at the back but looked good going forward, just need more caps to gain better experience at this level.

Johnson (7) - Needs to work of defending but going forward on the right, caused Italy no end of problems.

Young (6) - Struggling to make an impact lately and I think a much more pacey player like Chamberlain will steal his ENG spot soon.

Carrick (7) - Assured display and good to have him back though was at fault for Italy's goal. Crisp passing and will be the be the perfect fodder alongside Parker in a middle 3 to allow Gerrard/Cleverley to push on

Lampard (7) - First real time he looked comfortable in the deeper role but still got forward well. One of his better passing games for ENG in recent memory.

Cleverley (8) - Superb debut with sharp passing and good defensive abilites when needed. Never paniced and got others into the game, needs to just push on and shoot when given the chance.

Carroll (4) - Didn't get involved and doesn't suit the lone striker system, simply too slow.

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Ruddy (7) - A couple of smart saves and clearly number 2 for ENG until Butland gains more club experience.

Defoe (7) - Great goal and when Rooney doesn't play, he must be the prefered option in this system, always full of pace.

Lescott (6) - Did nothing wrong at the back but two stupid fouls in the box robbed us of goals at the other end.

Milner (6.5) - Better than the Euro's and whipped in a few good balls but he should be playing in the centre more

Bertrand (N/A) - Not much time but cleared off the line, one for future

Livermore (N/A) - Not much time.
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