10 Conclusions: Macedonia 0-1 England

Ollie Irish

7th, September 2006

Crouch_61 It was nice to hear a frank after-match interview from Steve McClaren instead of hearing about the view from behind Sven’s rose-tinted specs.

2 Peter Crouch is a star!

3 That was one whistle-happy referee.

10 Conclusions: Macedonia 0-1 England continued

4 Owen Hargreaves was again superb. A little less breaking up play than we have become used to, but the pace and effort of his tracking back was phenomenal.

5 It is encouraging that England have arguably their best player and one of their top-form players to come back in Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole.

6 What is going on with Paul Robinson’s hair? He looks like the victim of a teenage prank. It’s shaved different lengths all over!

7 Stewart Downing needs to find his feet at international level. I believe he is international quality, but he seems scared to terrorise defenders like he does for Middlesbrough.

8 The away trips to Israel, Croatia and Russia will be just as tough, if not tougher, so improved performances will be needed.

9 The defence was solid – especially John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

10 Having said that, Phil Neville is only a makeshift right-back. England need a youngster, such as Micah Richards, to emerge quickly and become Gary Neville’s back-up.

[Rob Parker]

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