September 18, 2019

On to the World Cup, Gareth Barry was missed against Mexico

Posted on May 26, 2010 by in England, FIFA World Cup

The Premiership has been concluded. There is no need to talk about Chelsea or Man United because it was always going to be one of those two at the top. Instead what an interesting race and finish for the fourth spot. Something we vented our feelings about in the last post. So well done Tottenham. Personally, I had a gut feeling Tottenham would make it and that they would disappoint Mancini’s Man City.

Talking about Man City Gareth Barry was sorely missed in England’s 3-1 victory over Mexico. Fabio Capello feels he has lost the control and balance that Gareth Barry brought to midfield. Gareth Barry is a key part of the squad and the ankle ligament injury he picked up against Tottenham in May has risked his role in the World Cup.

Capello offered shielded criticism that England lacked dominance and attacking play against Mexico which could have resulted from the inability of Michael Carrick or Jamie Milner to control midfield. Gerrard was brought from out wide into a more central role in the second half which helped change the game. In the first half Mexico where allowed too much possession while England just sat back and watched.

Lets see if Frank Lampard can reassert England’s aggression in Midfield when the team meet Japan next. In order to beat Span, Brazil and others England will need to up their tactical game or compensate with more control and aggression.

England will play the runners up in group D. Assuming Germany win group D that leaves Ghana, Serbia, and Australia and likely contenders. So we’ll have to wait until England meet Brazil in the semi final to find out. A bold statement, no way.