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|England v Italy Your Report added at 23:06:07|
I couldn't make the game, it was a long way away
I thought we started the brighter of the two sides, most of the football was played in their half the first 20 minutes with the pacey trio of Sterling, Welbeck and Sturridge looking particularly impressive. I also thought we retrieved the ball very quickly and swamped round the Italian midfield quickly, not allowing them to push up and control the game in the way they wanted.
I think Henderson also deserves a mention, I thought he was very good first half, disciplined, useful in possession and had a decent effort well saved, faded slightly second but your bound to playing against 3 talented players in difficult conditions. I thought he outshone Gerrard throughout actually, with the latter having a slightly low key game and couldn't have the inspiration he's had both in a Liverpool and England shirt previous.
Watching the game I did feel we were the underdogs somewhat, because whilst we were probably on top the opposition didn't look particularly uneasy, and almost felt like they were happy to soak up pressure knowing they had the quality to turn the game at any moment. Which they did through Marchisio's well struck opener.
Our instant reply was an example of how elusive we can be, with the pace and ability we have up front I wouldn't be surprised if we score another goal or two very similar to our equalizer in the coming games.
Second half was slightly more even with the tempo dipping, but again I still felt we looked the livelier of the two sides, but with Balotelli up front they always had an outlet and as the game went on I feel we became a little wasteful, particularly when crossing though fatigue may have played a part.
An exciting game to watch and positives going forward, particularly offensively, the full-back areas remain the most vulnerable positions in my view and with some wanting to see Rooney in a more familiar role, Roy has selection dilemmas ahead of Uruguay.
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