Wednesday, August 16, 2006

England's new era kicks off

Steve McClaren will I'm sure be delighted with his first game in charge of the national team, as England convincingly beat Greece 4-0 earlier this evening. From a Spurs perspective I think it was a mixed night with three of the five Tottenham squad players winning international caps.

Paul Robinson had the easiest 45 minutes of his career as he didn't need to save a single shot in the first half, before he was replaced at half-time by Chris Kirkland.

As expected, Defoe started alongside Crouch and played for nearly 70 minutes. Despite being involved in two of the England goals he was caught offside several times and one of his shots went the wrong side of the corner flag! That said, with no Owen, Rooney or Ashton for the next few games he will probably begin England's next match, providing he has a good start to the season for Spurs.

The Greeks looked a little uncomfortable with the introduction of Lennon for the last 20 minutes. He played his usual game causing havoc when he was able to run with the ball. This is a big season for Lennon and if things go well he could cement a regular place in the England side.

I was a little disappointed not to see Michael Dawson come on, as I had understood that McClaren was likely to give him his full debut. That said, the experience he's picked up training with the squad this week can only help his game. And despite Jenas being caught on camera stretching his hamstrings midway through the second half, he didn't figure this evening.

So all in all, a reasonable night for us. And thankfully our boys all looked injury free when they came off the pitch.

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