We were pathetic. Nothing short of awful, for 83 minutes at least.
Trinidad were a team of 2nd division players FFS. The best passes on the pitch came from Dwight Yorke who is about 100 years old, and most of the rest of them play for clubs like Wrexham. It would have been ok if we had at least looked like winning, but we never did.
Tbh, we have looked like one of the worst teams in the tournament so far. Absolutely bereft of ideas without Rooney on the pitch. Similar to the England rugby team of 3 or 4 years ago without Wilkinson.
We just lack someone that can actually run with the ball and beat defenders. That's where Aaron Lennon changed the game somewhat when he came on. Although he isn't great at crossing and doesn't have a lot of end product, at least a player like that with pace and the ability to beat players causes a bit of panic in the defence and at least creates a couple of openings and chances, and he was involved in the 1st goal too.
I have always defended Peter Crouch against people slaggin him off, but he really is a bit average isn't he? Awful miss off that sitter in the 1st half. Had time to control it, set himself up and place it past the keeper, but instead he thought he'd try a flying scissor kick, and in the 2nd half he got the ball in the box with his back to goal so flicked it up and tried a bicycle kick. Who did he think he was, Pele? FFS.
Gerrard is our best player yet Sven continues to play him in a more defensive role. Build the team around him ffs.
Fantastic commentary on our coverage when Dwight Yorke took Gerrard's shot in the bollox in the 1st half. "He's been hit in the Michael Ballacks."
Still, a win is a win and we are through to the next round and that's all that counts I guess. Brazil and co won't exactly be shaking in their boots just yet though.