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World Cup 2010 South Africa, England Versus the Usa

Updated on October 6, 2018
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Eileen may not be a football fan but she has endured World Cup football, its highs and its lows, since England’s 1966 victory

Scene from the match
Scene from the match

My Match Review

The England versus the U.S.A. World Cup match kicked off at around 7.30pm, U.K. time, June 12th, 2010.

Such was the anticipation here in England that there had been a run to the shops and a power surge ahead of the match.

Last minute meals, drinks and Internet activity left most computers stalled and the national grid with a huge switch on and power surge.

England manager Fabio Capello reportedly stated ahead of this match that he expected England to win.

There was nothing such as bragging in this remark but simply an assertion by a confident manager. After all if he does not have faith in the team that he picked and has nurtured who the hell will.

The big question on all our lips in England though was is this confidence well-placed?

So this first World Cup 2010 match for both the U.S.A. and England is now over and what was the result?

For England fans it was an uninspiring draw.

Sure there were some sharp intakes of breath moments but, overall, there was no football charisma, flair or stand out performances.

The beautiful game was boring.

Credit to the American squad who had researched their English opponents well. England’s star player Wayne Rooney was well-marked throughout the game and the man selected to mark Rooney was a great choice.

His powerful marker had the height, strength and speed that at times Wayne did not.

However overall Rooney did play well but it takes more than one good player to win a World Cup match.

For me it was just the same old England playing the same old game.

Capello brought Peter Crouch on the field toward the end of the game but probably too late to make a real difference.

Heskey who he replaced had played exceptionally well but was flagging.

Heskey looked done in and one thing Crouch has is the height often necessary for heading goals into the back of the net but sadly it was not to be.

With four minutes of extra time it even seemed possible that the U.S.A. might score a late goal and defeat England.

Perhaps the England squad and the press had underestimated the U.S.A.

The Americans always like to do everything to their utmost ability and this showed in tonight's match.

They fought well; so much so that Gerrard's early England goal remained the only one the team scored.

The U.S.A. scored a goal which may have been due to the English goal keeper's lack of experience but that belittles 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 2010 World Cup competition but a confidence boost today would have been brilliant.

As it is they will no doubt face severe criticism from Capello after the match and uncertainty for the next few days at least.

Will Capello change the main team members? Perhaps he may.

But with so many English footballers suffering injuries in the recent past he has to keep the team 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 is congratulations to the U.S.A. and huge round of applause. It should also be kudos to England too but with expectations any congratulations are tepid.

England now need support of fans more than ever.

Keep the faith and your enthusiasm and try to think onward and upward.

The Manager Always Gets Any Blame But Little Praise

England manager Capello
England manager Capello

© 2010 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      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 

      8 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 

      8 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!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

    • liswilliams profile image

      liswilliams 

      8 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!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      8 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).

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Well currently Germany are romping home

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      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

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

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 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

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      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, 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from USA

      Yahoo for the USA!

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      katiem2 

      8 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 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

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

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      loriamoore 

      8 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.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      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 

      8 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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