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England U'21's 2 - 2 Italy U'21's

What a breathe of fresh air to finally see an exciting match in this tournament, and more importantly to see a performance after the laboured effort against the Czech's.

England look like they should go on to finish 2nd in the group playing against a side who have already qualified top of the group. There were plenty of positives to take from the performance, and should give English fans hope for the future. First and foremost we look like we have two very good young full backs in Baines and Hoyte, who were exceptional against Italy tonight; in particular Baines up against the dangerous Rosina.

Milner and Young also look great prospects; the former Watford player terrorised his full back and every time he touched the ball there was an air of expectancy that there would be an end product, and he didn't fail to deliver. Reo Cocker, though struggling fitness wise, gave a battling performance and his runs forward are both exciting and productive. Finally i would like to pick the strikers out who looked dangerous all evening, Nugent who i was skeptical about pleasantly surprised me, though not the completed article he looked very able; as for Lita, a bit more composure in front of goal and he could become a really good player.

Though an enthralling match and Italy were phenomenal after a fortuotous equaliser, which did change the game, England fell foul of the 'English Disease' when under pressure. When England come under pressure we through away posession far too easily, how many long balls did we play instead of passing the ball out of the back? Yes they were tired, but so too were Italy.

Nevertheless England got a deserved draw which should set up a Dutch semi final, which will be another great test, as the Dutch have been very good thus far. Despite panicking slightly and throwing away a 2 goal lead, the future does look bright for England and hopefully the youngsters can go onto win the tournament.

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posted Jun 15, 2007

devonshirespur - Pretty much on the money, but why did we play so poorly after going 2 up?

Trying to go on the defensive with the very attacking formation Psyco sent out was a disaster. With Milner and Young playing wide it was up to NRC and Noble to tie up centre midfield and after going 2 up they completely disapeared. The space in front of the English centre backs was huge, Italy could do whatever they wanted and were unlucky not to win.

Even when we won the ball back there was no sign of our centre midfield, so the defenders had to hit long balls to the front men. Just like the full England team! Of course it just kept coming back again and again!

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posted Jun 15, 2007

Why the negativity, I watched the second half, thats why!

No defensive midfield, long ball game, mouthing off at the ref all the time, just like the overpaid pr*cks in the senior team!

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comment by derick1 (U8658215)

posted Jun 15, 2007

I was disappointed. I thought they were very good for the first thirty minutes but then they faded away. If I were Lita, I would just quit now as a profesional footballer. How did he miss after rounding the keeper!?! It would have been easier to score.

I think Italy have learnt a lot from this game. They can comeback from a two-goal deficit to get a draw. They are still in the shake-up for the group. A win against the Czechs and they are through. Even a Czech win will see them through. I think Serbia will do their best to put England out. It will take a great effort from England, which is possible, and not this sitting back and defending for 60 minutes.

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posted Jun 15, 2007

Nugent - never really seen him play before this tournament. Is he always that slow and immobile? or was he just tired. Not impressed. Think he will struggle in the EPL.

If you think Nugent is slow and immobile you are very, very wrong. The guy is quick and very mobile. He'll sign for Sunderland or Everton and if he stays fit he'll easily get 15 goals in Prem. Hopefully a hatrick first game of the season for the Macnkems.

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posted Jun 15, 2007

Scott Carson too small?
Does anyone agree that Scott Cacarson is too short to make a top line keeper, the number of times he gets beaten on the deck diving full and not always full length. I know its becoming a bit of a worn out record but Ive watched David James all year and he would never have been beaten like that last night....why o why wasnt he reinstated along with David Beckham? Anyone agree?

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posted Jun 15, 2007

scott carson is a very poor keeper i agree, but i think you should put it in perspective... everyone was calling for James' head when he conceded that shocker against austria, now that robinson is recieving stick people are calling for his head.

i will admit robinson wasn't great this year for spurs, bur the season be4 he was magnificent. i don't want to make too many excuses for the england no.1 but i wonder how many people knew he was going through a messy divorvce... did that & the croatia fluke affect his performances?

anyway james is too old, and it's a step backward, not forward. remember old immobile peter shilton, we don't want that again do we?

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comment by Arsenal (U4441664)

posted Jun 15, 2007

Carson kept England in the game, without him England would have lost 4 or 5 - 2.

What game were you lot watching?

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comment by roomie2 (U8640104)

posted Jun 15, 2007

great game. the U21s play some really good football and I think they can go far in this competition.

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posted Jun 16, 2007

derick1: laughable comments on Lita, sure the first chance was a bad miss, as a Royals fan we know that hasn't got a right foot, but the second chance was unlucky as the Italian defender was about to clear, he had no time to place it, you clearly know nothing about football. A sign of a good player is when after he makes a mistake he doesn't let it effect him and Lita is certainly that. As for the comments made by devonshirespur, you would be celebrating like that if you were getting texts from a bunch of idiots because you missed a penalty, at least he had the guts to take it, probably more than you I suggest.

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posted Jun 16, 2007

The sign of a good player is he does,nt make mistakes,i would think, and flush says people dont know anything about the game because they dont agree with him,now that is laughable.

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