And so the World Cup begins. An interesting start.
Amid a whirlwind of chores I and my Significant Other just about managed to sit down in front of the television for last night’s Croatia game. Unlike some international friendlies, I wanted to catch this one, and not just because England were in a position to qualify for the World Cup with a win or a draw.
With a 100 per cent record, the result last night didn’t really matter that much as far as I was concerned. Nothing short of a major meltdown over the last few qualifying games was going to stop England going to South Africa next year. I think what I was more interested in was how Capello’s version of England would perform, within a competitive environment, where both sides would be holding nothing back.
So, on the surface, it was a striking performance. A 5-1 victory against a team of Croatia’s standing is impressive. However, I feel uneasy, as this sort of result just fuels the England hype. Sure, England have a chance next year. But let’s not carried away just yet…
So, a rather dour assessment of a 5-1 demolition? Perhaps. There are obviously a lot of positives to take from last night’s game. But, there is still a lot of work to do before we can genuinely call England ‘world-beaters’.
What was your assessment of last night’s game?
Photo by Jon Juan.