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  • Feb 07 - England Lose to Spain 1-0

    England woefully underperformed to slip to their first home defeat under coach Steve McClaren in an international friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.

    Spain were on the back foot at the start of each half, but the visitors survived to take control of the match.

    Fernando Morientes blazed over the bar in the first-half, while David Villa's shot was well saved by England debutant Ben Foster just before the hour.

    Soon afterwards substitute Andres Iniesta arrowed a shot past Foster.

    Iniesta had only been on the pitch for five minutes when he took quickly ollected Rio Ferdinand's defensive clearance, before sending an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

    Spain face a real struggle to qualify for Euro 2008, but they were far the better side and this despite making three substitutions at the interval.

    England also made a raft of substitutions - six in all - with Joey Barton making his international debut, coming on for Frank Lampard with 11 minutes to go.

    So poor were England that it was hard to remember Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas having to make a save.

    Any optimism engendered by England's bright approach at the start of each quickly evaporated as Spain took control in midfield with Xavi a key influence.

    While Xavi dictated the game's tempo, England's hotch-potch of a midfield struggled to regain some semblance of control.

    More worringly ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra in March, this game provided further compelling evidence as to the incompatibility of Steven Gerrard and Lampard to play together in midfield.

    Deployed to the left of Gerrard, who was given a central midfield position, Lampard looked a shadow of the player he is for Chelsea.

    Gerrard was rested for the second half, with Gareth Barry replacing the Liverpool midfielder, but the switch did little to provide England with any better balance.

    At least Gerrard had the consolation of playing the pass of the first half, picking out Peter Crouch with a ball played with the outside of his right foot just before the interval.

    Unfortunately Crouch was unable to deliver a similar level of precision and his shot was well wide.

    With the right-footed Phil Neville playing as left-back, and Lampard just ahead of him, perhaps it was not altogether surprising that Spain's best attacks came down England's flank in those opening 45 minutes.

    Since leaving Liverpool, Morientes cannot stop scoring goals for Valencia, but he made an awful hash of a chance when it looked easier to score than miss on 18 minutes.

    After Spain had carved open England down the right, Morientes deceived Gary Neville only to then embarrassingly scoop the ball high over the bar with only Foster to beat.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...ls/6330177.stm

  • #2
    We played like a bunch of twats.

    Really sub par performance, from both teams actually, even for a friendly match.
    LOL @ You

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    • #3
      yeaaaaaaah baaaaibeeey!!!

      i didnt watch the match at all, and i use to hate on the spain football team but when they win i have to support them lol

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      • #4
        ^ Boooo, Spain.





        4 8 15 16 23 42

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        • #5
          Frank Lampard is shit , Joey Barton and Steven Gerrard would be better
          " Whats the matter?"

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          • #6
            ROFL...

            Why Am I Not Suprised?

            Want To Re-Spark Pride For England When It Comes To Sports? Watch Us Dick Italy On Saturday In The 6 Nations.
            Originally posted by IloveEminem6969
            groupie? ..how am i a groupie?
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            • #7
              Watched the game, it was depressing. Gerrard and Lampard are too similar imo, I would go with gerrad and hargreaves. When beckham was in the team I thought he wasn't good enough but now I want him back

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              • #8
                Shockingly bad game, McClaren has to go now
                I'm sick of working dead end jobs with lame pay
                And I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Korps View Post
                  Want To Re-Spark Pride For England When It Comes To Sports?
                  Rugby is shit
                  I'm sick of working dead end jobs with lame pay
                  And I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day

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                  • #10
                    although soccor players are some of the best athletes in the world, the sport is boring as shit to watch, especially on tv

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                    • #11
                      Too many bad players. Too many players not good enough for England = Downing, Dyer, P. Neville the list goes on...and why has no one got the bollocks to drop Lampard and play Gerard and Hargreaves (when he's back) Lampard is shocking for England. The only plus point was Richards when he came on and possibly Barton but he didn't get enough time. At least both of them played with passion. Very disappointing though.
                      twitter.com/thisistc

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jmax View Post
                        Rugby is shit
                        ROFL! Why? Because Rugby Is A Sport & Not A Fucking Soap Opera With Over Paid Pretty Boys?
                        Originally posted by IloveEminem6969
                        groupie? ..how am i a groupie?
                        - Hahahaha, Classic!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jmax View Post
                          Rugby is shit


                          Dont get me wrong Im a football fan, but when it comes to International games, watching Rugby Union is better than alot of International football games.

                          Watching International Rugby >>>> Watching International Football (In most, not all cases.)

                          Looking at the few positives from last nights game, I thought Woodgate did well for the most part, could have done better for their goal though. Ben Foster wasn't too bad either.
                          Its time to drop Lampard though, him and Gerrard will never click.
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                          • #14
                            What a boring game, but always awesome seeing England lose Keep McLaren in the job, for our sakes.

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                            • #15
                              McClaren should be sacked, they made a mistake in sacking Sven IMO

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