That’s why you play the game

One somewhat underrated aspect of USA v England: if there is a team in the world that the US most plays like, I think you’d have to say England.

There’s little doubt that England has the better team.  Until now, Fabio Capello certainly has appeared to be the steady hand on the till that England needs.  However…

* Ledley King and John Terry don’t really have any experience together.

* Lampard and Gerrard don’t play well together.  Does this mean you move Gerrard out left?  Or as a second striker?

The US’ biggest problem is left back.  Presumably they’ll go with Carlos Bocanegra if Oguchi Onyewu is healthy enough, but he’s not really speedy enough to keep up with Shaun Wright Phillips.  He probably can come close to keeping up with Aaron Lennon though, who is the likely starter.    Theo Walcott would have blown right by him, but Capello left him in England.

It’ll be interesting to see what the US tactical plan is against England.   Will they go high-pressure and hope for an England slip that allows them to take a lead and hopefully hold on for a win or tie?  Will they park the bus and counter?   If England controls possession 100% like Spain did in the Confederations Cup, you can be confident that it could degenerate into park the bus and counter.

I actually think it’s likely to be a pretty decent game, as England will attack without playing overly cautiously.  My guess would be England 2-0 or England 2-1.  I know that’s a pretty safe pick, but what can I say?

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One Response to That’s why you play the game

  1. […]  England had weaknesses, some of which I mentioned in my preview post.  We knew that coming in.   Glen Johnson is better going forward than defending, central […]

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