A good result for England in Brazil
If England’s performance against Brazil on Sunday night taught us anything it’s that Roy Hodgson’s men have a lot of work to do if they’re to make headways at the World Cup next summer.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney softened the blow of what was an otherwise frustrating performance and many in-play betting fans agree England were lucky to come away with a 2-2 draw.
However, a draw they got and it was well fought for in the second half, with Hodgson adding more flair further up the pitch in Oxlade-Chamberlain, which opened the game up against Brazil’s weakened defence.
The second half was a joy to watch. James Milner eventually got into the game and worked well with Ashley Cole down the left, while Rooney proved his class with a magnificent solo effort. Questions have again been raised over England’s ability to retain possession but with Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard set to come back into the side that should be less of a problem come World Cup qualifiers this September.
If you’re interested in the sports industry you’ll be aware Hodgson needs men to support the forward line. (You should also check out the Bet365 careers site for employment in the industry). Far too often in the first half Rooney was left up on his own and bar Theo Walcott – who outrun himself to his detriment – there was no one there to pick up loose balls.
This may be down to the fact Frank Lampard was the midfield centre ascribed with the task of moving forward, something the 34-year-old after 57 appearances this season naturally struggled to do. Lampard would usually sit back and let Gerrard or Wilshere do that work, so he can be forgiven.
What England must do in their qualifiers come September is find a system that pushes midfield runners past the forward line. It’s their best way of scoring past deep defences preoccupied with Rooney’s class and a tactic that should see the team safely to the World Cup.