Made me realize how fit you have to be to play at the top level. Frantic stuff, end to end with not a second to settle on the ball. Both teams panicked a bit in the final third but that's probably down to how knackered the players were more than anything.
Defoe is still a good finisher and a decent Premier League striker. He is often fit and has proven that even in a fairly weak, functional Premier League side he can still score goals.
We have to move on from these players though, same with Milner, Jagielka, Carrick. If they went to the Euros Roy would be slated for including all the has-beens, we've got to look past these players now because we're just contradicting ourselves.
Milner is a good player but he shouldn't be considered for England, we're past that stage imo J2, same as Carroll really. The Germany game gave us a real blueprint as to how we should play, the last thing we want is some pragmatic style with someone smashing it in their hoping to find Carrolls head.
I agree. I think he's the type of player who needs players around him who have more technical ability, a bit like yesterday I suppose (if he was available), you had Feeney, McGoldrick, Sears and so his energy can be quite useful.
I think you need real pace and guile in the team for someone like Hyam to impress, if the front players aren't at it and the team has no real pattern to the play he's the one who will often get blamed because his weaknesses start to really stick out.
Last season for example, you had Mings pushing forward, Murphy and Sears on form and McGoldrick playing advanced, so he knew his job and did it well.