Wednesday, June 23, 2010

England Defeat Slovenia, Look Good On the Way to the Round of 16

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

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Finally.

Though the 1-0 score was absolutely nerve-wracking for England supporters, they have to be happy with a team that looked much brighter and far more dangerous for most of the game. James Milner was full of questioning crosses in the first half, one of which led to Jermain Defoe's well taken mark in the 22nd minute (and he could've had a couple more, after that). Gerrard and Lampard managed decent, positive games, at the same time, and John Terry and Matthew Upson were solid when needed (and they were, in a couple of dicey moments). Perhaps most importantly, Wayne Rooney finally got his game together: finding space a bit deeper (especially when drifting left), he was engaged and dangerous, coming within a Slovenian fingertip of scoring a goal. That augurs well...

Sure, it was tiny Slovenia, a teenage nation, but England are through, and appear to be coming together at just the right moment. Is Germany up next?

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