Wednesday, 31 May 2006
Scott Walker's Indispensable Guide to FIFA World Cup 2006!!
That's right - what a scoop! We've lined up former 60s pop idol Scott Walker, currently enjoying a fresh spell in the hit parade with his groovy new LP The Drift, to bring you all the news, action and analysis in the run up to and during this summer's footballfest in Deutschland. Scott will bring his unique insights to bear on all the main talking points of England's World Cup campaign. Should Sven persist with the 4-1-4-1 system? Is Rooney going to play a part in the proceedings at any point? Can England win the World Cup with a Spurs player in goal? Tune in over the next few weeks and Scott will be here with all the answers and much, much more...
To start our series, Scott will be analysing the statistics from last night's friendly against Hungary. Take it away Scott!
Hi, I'm Scott Walker and this is my view of last night's England v. Hungary world cup warm up game played at Old Trafford.
England seemed to take a while to settle into their new 4-1-4-1 formation with Michael Owen looking off the pace and Steven Gerrard seeming particularly uncomfortable in his new role as a split striker playing 'in the hole'. However, a stern teamtalk from England's wily Swedish coach saw a second half transformation with Gerrard scoring with a well-placed header from a well worked set-piece routine delivered by captain David Beckham. A similarly well executed delivery saw centre back John Terry double the advantage with a bravely taken header, his first goal for his country. However, slack defending by substitute Owen Hargreaves, on for the impressive Jamie Carragher saw Hungary pull one back with a well taken snap shot from this is how you disappear, foot knee shaggy belly famous hind legs shutting down here, shutting down here...Copenhagen you're the end, gone and made me a child again....In the Port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who drinks...
Scott's tactics board:
England's set piece routines proved to be the difference between the two sides:
Scott says: "Hungary fail to marshall their defence as Gerrard, coming from deep, gets on the end of a cross from Plastic Palace Alice - she steals her cards tomorrow deals with deafening despair. ONE-NIL!"
Come on England!!
Love on y'all,
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