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Ped's Euro Musings -3 Sweden 2-3 England

England surprised the world last night by beating Sweden for the first time with only 9 men.

And it was backs to the wall stuff as Ashley Diver Young elected to have a night off and Danny Welbeck only reminded anyone he was playing when a lucky back-heel intervened. One could argue that it was the winner but did he do anything else?

The red-rag red-tops this morning try desperately to make him out to be a hero but they best they can find is that 'goalscorer Welbeck put a shift in'. What exactly does that mean?

I might have used that from time to time when discussing Milner of even Yaya but surely in the case of Welbeck so far this tournament it means that the writers have nothing else positive that they can say about him?

This was indeed a great game of mediocre football played out by tow unfancied teams. Remove Mancini's love-child Ibrahimovic from that team and it had a distinct non-league feel to it.

England, a team devoid of stars,except for Joe Hart,doesn't look much better but at least nowadays doesn't think it has the right to win the cup after a 1-1 draw with San Marino or some such like. Tillerman Hodgson has planted their feet right where they belong and for some reason has at least sparked a sense of togetherness in there.

At 1-2, after a pair of defensive howlers where a poor free kick continued to ricochet around the box until never-in-form Johnson turned it into his own net and where another free kick could have been converted by any one of three Swedes in the goal area queue, I had the feeling that I used to get watching City. I certainly didn't think that the eleven out there had what it takes to turn the match around.

Clearly neither did Hodgson, so he took off the workman and brought on the hot heels. Milner out, Walcott in. And for once it made the difference.

Walcott's first infusion into the Swedish defence saw them left in tired tatters as he rifled home the equaliser. His second created the space for the hitherto absent Welback to divert home the winner with the inside of his heel.

England probably just about deserved the win, but boy did Sweden once again give them a scare. The back four looked like strangers. Johnson time and again caught out of position leaving the ageing Terry to cover and in turn Lescott to hold court in the centre of the line.

Cole looked better going forward. All of them at some point got in vital blocks, and so did Joe Hart who pulled off a couple of fine saves. There was little he could do with the goals let in.

Once again it's been an interesting week for Evra. Likening England's performance against France to that of Chelsea in the Champions League the poor amnesia-suffering Frenchman forgets that his beloved Stretford United tried to do likewise at the Etihad and came up empty.

In Euro 2012 his lack of enterprise and Terry-esque, over-the-hill full back play cost him his berth to .....? Oh yes a Champion in Gael Clichy!

Over the last two seasons Evra seems to do nothing but pipe up time and again probably trying to prove to someone he has a voice worth listening to. Well, not the Pedmachine, Patrice. you were bobbins on your Stretford debut and you are bobbins now.

So, we get a draw against the hosts and we go through. At the same time we eliminate the hosts. And if we do, out will come the red-tops citing that England will win this, the World Cup and even Wimbledon. Underestimate Ukraine and the engines will be warming up on the Titan Airways Flagship as it prepares to bring them home.

All eyes to Monday night, then.




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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 16 2012

Time: 11:07AM

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To my disappointment James Milner looked very average last night and looked very average against France too. He got one great cross into the box and the British commentary were swooning over him, but it was misguided. That's about the only thing he did for the rest of the game, bar a fair few badly misplaced passes. But at least he wasn't anywhere near as bad as Ashley Young. Appalling. The English defence look equally as appalling. A great game though, the most exciting of the tourney. Looking forward to the Ukraine game, should be an interesting battle...
rojo2010
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16/06/2012 11:37:00

What a pathetic article. You hate Man Utd, we get it. Danny Welbeck has been about 100 times better than James Milner this tornament, he played really well against France and although he was abit quiet he still had great movement and his goal was not lucky - if Aguero scored it you would be creaming - give the guy some credit ffs
HuddersfieldYiddo
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16/06/2012 11:53:00

Agreed Yiddo, this piece is a bit harsh on Welbeck all round, but I do think his goal was a fluke. He had a decent game against France and was just okay last night. I personally wouldn't blame his shortcomings on his own ability last night, more the inability of the English team as a whole to put together some decent attacks. But yes, certainly better than Milner and indeed your own Scott Parker who has looked cumbersome and unsure of himself.
rojo2010
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16/06/2012 12:37:00

You must be logged into to an account in order to post your thoughts and comments on the site. Watching England takes me back to the Pearce era. In a word hopeless. They dont play decent football, like I'm used to in watching the CHAMPIONS. Comment about Milner, if Hodgson wanted to play with a winger why isn't there one in the squad. Milners never a winger
peterplastic
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16/06/2012 13:19:00

Now England have had a little success you can fell the seeds of optimism growing and the cocky comments beginning from players and the hacks. However what would be typical would be a loss to Ukraine and the whole shaky edifice come tumbling down.
Wswilly3
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17/06/2012 09:13:00

It's almost inevitable Willy... It's always been England's achilles heel at major tournaments
rojo2010
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17/06/2012 12:57:00

Ped will change his tune about Welbeck if City buy him for 20 million!
Deltaforce
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19/06/2012 09:39:00

City wouldn't pay 20 million baked beans for Welbeck. Have you not heard of Guidetti?
pedmachine
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