The English way
Watching England has for the longest time been akin to watching paint dry, but I really did enjoy last night’s 3-1 victory over Scotland and it made me question why our national team insist on changing their game to attempt to match-up with the opposition.
Why Roy Hodgson can’t get England to play with the same intensity and pace when they play against Spain, Germany, France, Estonia and others I don’t know. Why do we insist in trying to play like Spain against Spain or like a South American team against a South American team? You can’t tell me that if we played with the same speed and fearlessness against Uruguay in Brazil we would have seen the same outcome.
Of course this is early in the season, players are fresher than they would be in a tournament played abroad in June, but I think we have a hell of a better chance of progressing in tournaments if we play the only real way we know how.
Perhaps last night’s ‘local derby’ brought out the very best of England, it didn’t Scotland mind, but for once it was very enjoyable to watch and particularly satisfying to see a young team so up for it.
The fans were superb too, both sets provided an electric atmosphere, monotonous and unimaginative anti IRA songs aside and I hope that this game can become a regular fixture on the calendar.
If Hodgson can settle on a system and an English way of playing I might watch them again.