Make no mistake about it, last nights world cup qualifier was a bad low for England football. Sure, England got the point they needed to remain ever so slightly top of their world cup qualifying group. But the manner of the desperate and deflated 0 – 0 draw was depressing. Ukraine were the better team and England seemed content to play for a draw, which almost cost them in multiple Ukraine attacks. England manager Roy Hodgson reflected on the positives, they got a point which on the night was enough to keep them top of their qualifying group. However, in my estimation, England’s next two games are much tougher. Montnegro are a tricky side with great physicality, and Poland are an established side with the talented Ledendowski heading the attack. The group remains tight and Montenegro could take England’s place in the top two if they should beat England in October. England will play those games at home but they are no means a certainty of points. If England had showed more positivity last night they could have secured Three points, I hope they don’t end up regretting settling for a point. England settled for a point as if it was enough, but they could still end up well outside the top two places that would set them on the road to the World Cup in 2014. Ukraine are not as good as Montenegro and Poland, England’s toughest tests are still to come.
Speaking of the world cup, if England are to qualify they really need to address their attitude and management. Roy Hodgson is a good manager, and Gary Neville a superb assistant. But to go to Ukraine and happily play for a nil nil draw by citing how difficult a home town crowd they have, well that is pathetic. What are England going to do if they play Brazil in the world cup knockout stages in a frenzied Rio home town crowd. Showing too much respect to the opposition and allowing the England team to be intimidated by the lack of home advantage is very, very weak. All England really missed last night is Rooney and Welbeck, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is out too but he has hardly played for England anyway and is fourth choice behind Rooney, Welbeck and Defoe. The injury to Rooney is no reason why England shouldn’t be beating teams like Ukraine. From what we saw last night, England are really going to struggle if they make the World Cup in Brazil.
G.J Herbert is a British features writer who has worked in content writing for business and been published in regional titles and nationally in The Sun newspaper. For his sports coverage follow him at https://twitter.com/gjhsports