Wayne Rooney Deserves More Respect
The winning of 100 caps is celebrated more by England than it is in other countries, but it also comes with a post-mortem over just why more success hasn’t been gained during those century of appearances.
Wayne Rooney has had to put up with that more than most, but he remains the only player in the England squad who has ever got near to achieving world class status as it stands. He’s the man who immediately got them back level following the concession of Jordan Henderson’s calamitous own goal, too. Cut him some slack.
Danny Welbeck Has Earned The Right To Stay In The Team
His move to Arsenal has allowed Danny Welbeck to stay in the spotlight and the starting XI for a lot longer than he was allowed to at Manchester United, and that has turned out to be of great benefit to England, too.
Daniel Sturridge is back in training at Liverpool and is likely to feature for them again when they return from the international break at Crystal Palace next Sunday, but it’s Welbeck’s No. 9 shirt at the moment and should certainly stay that way after this latest two-goal display.
A Pitch Battle Is The Latest Distraction
There’s always something going on which deflects attention away from England’s actual performances on the field, and this time it was the Wembley pitch itself.
Earlier in this campaign we’ve seen fitness issues surrounding Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling dominate the headlines, but during the turgid first half there were cursory looks at the pitch just six days on from it hosting yet another NFL game.
The surface was less than ideal but the focus really should shift to just what England are doing on it sometime soon, rather than just always looking for the latest excuse.
Jordan Henderson’s Struggles Continue
At the back end of last season Brendan Rodgers put Jordan Henderson’s red card against Manchester City – and subsequent three-match suspension – down as one of the main reasons his Liverpool side fell short in the title race, but it says a lot about his current form that the Northern Irishman has been willing to leave him out of the side on occasion in recent weeks.
Henderson, like his club (or perhaps because of it) is out of form, and he showed that during what was an error-strewn display which had plenty wrong with it even before the own goal which livened up the game.
The trouble for Roy Hodgson is that he doesn’t have an Emre Can, Joe Allen or indeed Steven Gerrard to call on in his stead.
Tuesday’s Friendly Should Be A Good One
A Scotland side buoyed by their win over the Republic of Ireland facing an England outfit who will be pleased at the manner in which they came from a goal down to win this one.
Throw in the Celtic Park floodlights and, whisper it quietly, but we might be about to see a good international friendly for once.