More World Cup questions than answers for England’s Capello
A muted send-off and a manager wanting more perhaps told the true story of England’s 3-1 friendly victory over Mexico at Wembley on Monday in which Fabio Capello was left with more questions than answers over his World Cup squad selection.
On the plus side, goalkeepers Joe Hart and in particular Robert Green would have given the Italian confidence in a position that poses a problem for fans with first-choice stopper David James still susceptible to a clanger.
There was also a good display from Glen Johnson and Ledley King, with both getting on the scoresheet, and King looking fit and healthy.
There were problems, however. England were outplayed and out-passed for much of the match on an albeit dodgy Wembley surface and had two-set pieces to thank for a 2-1 halftime lead.
Midfielder Steven Gerrard admitted that Capello had given them a talking-to at the interval, which appeared to work with a much tighter and organised second-half display.
However, England, with just one friendly to play against Japan before the June 11-July 11 tournament begins, still look like a side not sure of their best formation and more importantly their best starting 11.
With questions still looming over Gareth Barry’s fitness, central midfield is still to be decided and Michael Carrick did little to cement a place after a display littered with misplaced passes. On the right of midfield, Theo Walcott was lively but would perhaps serve better as an impact substitute meaning Aaron Lennon may get the nod.
Defender Leighton Baines, who is likely to go to South Africa as left-back deputy to Ashley Cole was at fault for Mexico’s sole strike.
Who do you think impressed, and who is worthy of filling England’s World Cup goalkeeping spot? Capello has until June 1 to decide his 23-man squad… perhaps you might be able to lend a few suggestions.
PHOTO: Mexico’s Guillermo Franco celebrates after scoring against England during their international friendly soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez