World Cup 2010 South Africa, England versus the USA

Scene from the match
Scene from the match
Green the England goalie for the match
Green the England goalie for the match
The England squad in trianing before the match
The England squad in trianing before the match
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
England manager Capello
England manager Capello

The match kicked off at around 7.30pm UK time on 12th June 2010. Such was the anticipation that there had been a run to the shops for everyone and a power surge prior the match. Last minute meals, drinks and Internet activity left most computers stalled and the national grid with a huge switch on.

England manager Fabio Capello is reported as having stated, prior this match, that he expected England to win this match. There was nothing such as bragging in this remark. It was simply the assertion of a confident manager. After all if he does not have faith in the team that he picked and has nurtured who the hell will.

So this first World Cup 2010 for both the USA and England is now over and what was the result. An uninspiring draw. Sure there were some sharp intake of breath moments but on the whole no charisma, flair or stand out performances.

The USA had researched their English opponents well and star player Wayne Rooney was well marked throughout the game. His powerful marker had the height, strength and speed that at times Wayne did not. However Rooney did play well.

I guess it is just the same old England playing the same old game.

Peter Crouch was brought on toward the end of the game but probably too late. Heskey who he replaces had played exceptionally well. However Heskey looked done in and one thing Crouch has is the height often necessary for heading goals into the back of the net. Sadly it was not to be. With four minutes extra time it even seemed possible that the USA might score a late goal.

Perhaps the England squad and the press had underestimated the USA.

The Americans always like to do everything to their utmost ability and this showed in tonight's match. They fought wee. So much so that Gerrard's early England goal remained the only one. The USA's goal could have been down to the English goal keeper's lack of experience but that belittle their goal. They deserved at least one goal and in some ways the 1-1 result was a fair ending.

However where does this leave England?

It is still early days for the competition but a confidence boost today would have been brilliant. As it is they will no doubt face a sever ear bashing from Capello after the match and uncertainty for the next few days at least. Will Capello change the main team members? Perhaps.

However with so many English footballers suffering injuries in the past he needs to ensure that the team keep fit and healthy. With such an under achieving performance he cannot afford to lose one of his star players such as Rooney, Gerrard, Heskey or Crouch.

So for now it has to be congratulations to the USA and a big well done. It should be for England also but with expectations being so much higher there is a muted congratulations.

To the fans though England need your support more than ever. Keep the faith and your enthusiasm and try to think onwards and upwards.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Dolores and Billy thabnks for stopping by. Those horns druve me mad. They came initially in World Cup football from the South American fans. England do need to pull their proverbial socks up I think


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Ethel a good result for US Soccer - England will benefit too I think - it will certainly have them fired up from here in.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

ethel - my son and his friends are all very hot for British soccer to the point of one showing up wearing the Union Jack on that very day. Imagine that! World Cup for me meant listening to those horns all day, that buzzing sound the South Africans so love but was driving me crazy!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

You bet. I hope our fans behave themselves, for once :)


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

there are lots of English fans here with their flags, but I think we outnumber them :), what a gift for U.S.A!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Wonderful idea Pats. You could choose nibbles from the other country.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Just read a fantastic suggestion to add to one's World Cup enjoyment - select a wine from one of the countries playing in the match you are watching.

This is a fun Hub. Pat (being American) enjoyed this match more than Tricia (who is English).


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Well currently Germany are romping home


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Since I have lived in Germany and consider it one of my 2nd homes ,YOU BET I WILL!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

At the moment he will cheer for Germany but the real crunch is when England vs Germany you would never see anything like it. I purposely egg him on and yell twice as much. Especially when there is a crucial moment. hahaha


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

hh hubby will be rooting for Australia. I shall try to sneak an odd cheer for Germany in. Who will your son be cheering on?

Guys thanks for reading this hasty hub. The USA could be one of the World Cup surprises so tune in if you are interested.Like Lori you may become a fan.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am not being funny but I was surprised what gret footballers the USA has because it is not one of their national games. Both team fought very well and equally matched in their professionalism.

I HOPE YOU ALL CHEER ON GERMANY TODAY!!!!!!! OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Yahoo for the USA!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

ethel, thanks for the heads up on the World Cup 2010 South Africa: England versus the USA as I've been away from the tellie lately. Great review! :)


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

A better game than I expected! I look forward to the coming games! Thanks, Ethel!


loriamoore 6 years ago

Americans are the only ones not watching and fascinated by the World Cup for whatever reason, but . . . I happened upon the Mexico vs. South Africa game Friday at a Mexican restaurant and it was so much fun to watch. I've got to say now that I am a fan of the sport.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Well that is what I would say however.....

The press are saying that he is an inexperienced world cup goalie.

You should never blame the goalie though as a team is about all the players. After all he is the last man and if the rest of the team ar any good he should have little to do.


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Donnacha C 6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

"The USA's goal could have been down to the English goal keeper's lack of experience" - Robert Green, 30 years old, has been a professional football player since 1996 and have appeared in some 450 games so far.......

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