England Fans Going To Spend The Summer With Their Hearts In Their Mouths
Make no mistake about it this crop of players are exciting going forward, probably the most exciting since Euro 96, but they are a little too exciting at the back.
That was clear for all to see straight after the opening goal. Turkey broke forward and a cut back in the box saw a man free and would have resulted in an equaliser had it not been for a poor finish and a great block. The equaliser again saw men free in the area.
Every time the visitors went forward you felt they had a chance of scoring, and that will be a real concern for Roy Hodgson. We all knew this team were fragile at the back and this game hinted that England may be a bit Kevin Keegan in France. At least it will be exciting.
Jamie Vardy Is Not A Winger
It might mean Wayne Rooney plays as a number 10, or wide or doesn’t even start but these Kane and Vardy have to start up top in some capacity this summer.
The Leicester star was out on the wing against the Turks and he put in an immense shift was always, and while he was good on the ball his crossing was lacking and he just didn’t look a natural fit.
Vardy has done enough to command a starting berth and England should go with a diamond and two up top to get the best out of their two deadliest outlets.
Wilshere Looked Off The Pace
There has been a lot of talk about the Arsenal man’s lack of game time and boy did it show here. The midfielder looked miles off the pace from the off and really struggled to influence the game. If that is the case in a friendly what happens when it gets to tournament football?
The 24-year-old is an excellent players and that is why Hodgson’s loyalty is so strong. He knows that he has a game changer on his hands.
Nevertheless, this will have put some doubt in the manager’s mind as to whether he is ready to start. Make no mistake he will go to France but England cannot afford any passengers.
Raheem Sterling Looked Back On Form
There have been question marks over Sterling even being in the squad, let alone starting in three weeks’ time but he responded to the presence of Andros Townsend in the squad well here.
The Man City winger has had a season to forget but it is worth remembering that he is still just 21 and he still has the ability to tear teams apart with his pace and clever movement.
He displayed his pace and eye for a pass well this evening and played a key role in Harry Kane’s opener. The most impressive part of his display was that he did not shirk responsibility on the ball and seemed to thrive at being one of the side’s main attacking arteries.
Hodgson Needs To Play Two Holding Midfielders Against Better sides
England’s defending wasn’t great against Turkey, which was expected. The job for Eric Dier in front of the defence is bordering on impossible, he needs some help.
Turkey are a decent team, they were unbeaten in 13 matches coming into this game and they looked a classy outfit with some really good technicians, but they got at the Three Lions defence far too easily.
The defence is porous and it will need t0 be protected against any decent team this summer. To ask Eric Dier to do that alone would be asking too much. There is a plethora of attacking talent but if this defence is too exposed then England have a massive problem.