Nobody can say that they were entertained by England's display in their 0-0 draw in
Ukraine but I am sure Roy Hodgson and his team boarded their flight home with a sense of satisfaction after securing pole position in their World Cup qualifying group with just two home qualifiers left to play.
As an attacking force England were lacklustre and wasteful. They could hardly muster any genuine attempts on goal and at times Rickie Lambert was left isolated making it more difficult for him, particularly in the second half.
The irony of it all is that England, if they had been more adventurous, could have quite easily won the game against a poor Ukranian outfit. England would have been expecting an intimidating atmosphere but the home crowd rarely got going and especially not for a sustained period of time.
Ukraine themselves were devoid of ideas and in the end both sides seemed happy to settle for a point. England, because it left them in pole position in the group and Ukraine because they will be hoping England slip up in their next two games and they win their remaining games.
As a supporter it was another anti-climax after the usual hype that surrounds the build up to an England game but Roy Hodgson, his players and his staff were pleased at the end of the game. This game could have been more difficult than it actually was.
If England had shown more intent we could well be on the verge of qualifying already. The same age old issues emerged for England and it doesn’t seem to matter who pulls on the three lions shirt they still cannot keep hold of the football and retain possession for periods of time.
At International level this is a crime and better sides will have punished England severely. In International football the England players must be better technically and not revert back to their Premier League games where games are more rushed and played a high tempo. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere are probably the best three midfielders England have at present but they were unable to keep hold of the ball. What chance do the rest have?
England supporters should not be happy with their side gaining a point in the Ukraine, we should demand more. I don’t blame Roy Hodgson for this as he was quite rightly cautious knowing that a point would be enough. I also don’t blame the players but we do need to change the way we approach International football and the tactics we use. Better technical players need to be produced and this needs to come from the coaching at grass roots level. Players need to love the football because you cant do much without it.
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