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England looks impressive, but does it really matter? – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 4th, 2010 by Ian

England looks impressive, but does it really matter?
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Yes, England looked pretty good at Wembley on Sept. 3rd as they dismantled Bulgaria 4-0 and looked impressive in most areas of the pitch from the goaltending of Joe Hart to the goalscoring (three goals) of striker Jermain Defoe. But does it really matter, what does it all mean?

England also strolled through the World Cup Qualifiers only to fall apart once the tournament kicked off.  It’s possible the same thing could happen in Euro 2012. Of course we won’t know until two years from now, so we can only judge them from game to game and their current form.

At present, the team looks pretty good, maybe not good enough to be ranked about seventh in the world by FIFA, but obviously better off than France and Italy at this point.

While England had the majority of possession in the first half they still didn’t look like much of a threat. Defoe had them ahead after just a few minutes, but Gerrard put them in front of America in the World Cup early too and they didn’t build on it.

However, Bulgaria wasn’t threatening much in any way either. The closes they came was when England right-back Glen Johnson almost out the ball in his own net and had Hart to thank for being alert and making the save.

Hart also saved the day again in the second half with a fine save and in a matter of seconds Defoe had England out to a 2-0 lead. Adam Johnson then added another and Defoe finished off his hat trick in fine style.

Bulgaria also came to life in the second half and forced Hart into a couple of good saves. Wayne Rooney was almost invisible in the first half, but had a fine second half and ended up setting up three of the four goals.

Theo Walcott played well after being left off the world Cup team and Ashley Cole had a fine game.  Michael Dawson looked shaky again in the defence, but was then unfortunately stretchered off with a knee injury and is expected to miss a t least six weeks. James Milner also looked pretty good on the left side.

All in all not a bad performance, now we’ll see if they can make it two in a row when they travel to Switzerland for their next game on Sept. 7th.

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