The international break bought with it are mixed bag of results for England leading into this summers Euros started with a historic come from behind victory over an old enemy in Germany.
While this is only a friendly and there is no real significance on the euros it is sure to of been a massive confidence boost and hopefully has reaffirmed to Roy Hodgson that youth is the way forward with the notable absence of Wayne Rooney , Harry Kane led the line sublimely but once again Premier league top scorer and fairy tale story Jamie Vardy epitomised old-fashioned English fight with his cheeky back heeled goal against the keeper widely regarded as the best in the world.
This came after England already two behind through goals from Kroos and Gomez were helped out by a delicate Cruyff turn and finish by Harry Kane a fitting tribute to the great man himself who sadly lost his battle with cancer the previous day.
However Roy Hodgson cannot be wholly commended for fully trusting his new young contingent and allowing new talent to flourish on the international stage.
Yes we saw an inspired performance from Dele Ali and Vardy but we were still forced to wait for the introduction of Vardy rather than seeing the dynamic duo of cane Vardy two of the Premier Leagues leading lights from the start some may argue that experimentation comes at a cost however on current form both of these men should be starting at the first game in France this summer. Surely it stands to reason then that they should be given an opportunity to familiarise themselves with each other’s styles of play prior to a major tournament Hodgson’s persistence with players such as Danny Welbeck who did not look above average in any element of the game and was one of England’s weakest links on the night could cost England dearly in major tournaments in the future especially at this summers euros.
After a pleasing performance against the Germans England fans were happily anticipating a friendly at the home of English football against an out of form underperforming Dutch side from the early stages England looked a shadow of the side from those closing minutes in Berlin the two man Leicester contingent being notable exceptions early on body yet again got a goal In the dying embers of the first half showing the truly belongs on the international stage and surely proving beyond doubt that he should be starting the opening game in France if fit.
Danny Rose and Daniel Sturridge both looked largely ineffectual and were both subsequently replaced whilst Harry Kane only saw 20 minutes of action as England were beaten by a controversial penalty with the ball appearing to strike the arm of an England player but with some debate about whether or not said arm was in an unnatural position at the time. And a Dutch winner would follow just 17 minutes later.
In conclusion I feel that Roy Hodgson must toss out some of the dead wood and should even experiment with more fresh blood in his England squads players such as James Milner Skipper against Holland who was largely ineffectual and certainly does not merit the England armband should be cast aside from the squad I also feel that Wayne Rooney should not buy right be admitted straight back into England side.
I feel it is time once again to call for fresh blood also feel Hodgson should closely watch the progress of young Marcus Rashford who in my opinion on current form merits a call up to the final squad for experience and as such should be given an opportunity to prove his worth against one of the three nations we play in the final few friendlies prior to the euro’s.
I also feel Charlie Austin when fit should be given the opportunity to prove his worth and now Southampton striker was one of the hottest commodities in English football last season and has when fit this season shown the quality of play that he adds to any Premier league team I feel that it was time that Roy disregards the big club mentality and gives this man in opportunity to prove himself on the international stage.
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