The encounter between England and USA showed me why England are not well prepared for this highly anticipated World Cup. I believe many just like myself would have expected England to grab three points from their match, although it wouldn't have been easy.
There were high hopes for England to assure their three points after scoring the quickest goal yet in the World Cup by Steven Gerrard under four minutes in, but they failed to maintain that lead by conceding a goal by Clint Dempsey five minutes before half time.
This goal, as we all know, was caused by England's ridiculous, uncertain keeper Robert Green, who foolishly allowed the ball to go through his hands, allowing the Americans to tie the game before half time.
Though a ridiculous mistake by the keeper led to the goal, USA seemed to be more dominant during the first half.
In the second half, both teams came out strong on each other, but England seemed to have had more of the ball and more scoring chances, which could not be converted to goals.
Now the main reasons why I believe, or should I say, think, England are not ready for this World Cup are:
1) They play without a very good team chemistry even though they have good players, and a team like the United States just showed that, while they may not have stars, they have a good team chemistry to take on a team like England.
2) Imagine England going against teams like Spain, or Brazil, or Holland, knowing that such teams have well known stars world wide and also have a great team chemistry; England stands no chance against such teams to win the World Cup.
3) England have a good attacking force, midfield, and defense, but the team's defense seems to lack communication between each other, which can lead to big blunders that can cost them their chances of winning the World Cup.
4) Still on the defense; facing teams with fast attackers and wingers could destroy the whole defense, either through counter attackers or just normal tactical game play, which the USA used against them by utilizing Jozy Altidore's and Robbie Findley's pace.
These are just few observations I noticed from their first game against USA, and if they really want to win, they need to work on these problems in order to give the English team a higher possibility of winning the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
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