T&T’s formation of 9-0-1, proved to be too difficult to break down, and for 84 minutes looked certain of getting their second point of the competition. But England was also orchestrators of their own downfall with their persistance with playing the long ball to Peter Crouch (who is not that great in the air at the best of times). As I explained in my last blog England’s crystal bollocks the England midfield, if starved of space will be unable to perform – I never get tired of being right.
Anyway, this being said, up against teams who, I dare say want to go out and win the game, the match will be more open and thus allow England to play the football the nation has been dying to see. Ok, at the end of the day they have six points from two games – without conceding. Even though the score-line could and should have been far greater, we now have the opportunity to raise our game.
A word about Argentina, my tip for tournament finalists, have taken this World Cup by storm, winning their last group game 6-0 against Serbia and Montenegro. Also my tip for player of the tournament Lionel ‘Messiah’ Messi made his debut – scored two and set up a third.
Mummy's boy Didier Drogba
The Ivorians will look for their own Chelsea star, Drogba, to lead from the front if they are beat the Dutch - and it seems leadership runs in the family. If the Ivory Coast remain a long shot to lift the World Cup it self in Berlin in three weeks' time, they at least remain in with a shout of the prize for fussiest nation in action - having made sure every last need of their pampered players is catered for to the maximum.
Drogba explained: "Our parents have come with us. My mother is in charge of them and they make sure we eat what we want and that we are looked after."