Salut! Sunderland expects a lot of SAFC fans to reflect on the identity of our scorer, Jermain Defoe, and wonder whether Darren Bent would have done as well with the cross (or, indeed, have made a mark in the earlier, unimpressive England games).
My own feeling is that Milner put in a cross any striker worth his salt would expect to gobble up. Defoe reached it well and though the strike was not great, it was powerful enough to force its way into the net.
As for the match as a whole, Sod’s law prevailed in France. I don’t have Canal+, and the usual option, TF1, was of no use since it showed Algeria v USA game. Kurdistan Goals, or whichever of those iffy internet streams was prepared to give a picture from the England game, did so only sporadically, with two competing commentaries, one of them in English, but both ahead of the stuttering images.
Algeria v USA was unbelievably drab in the first half but came to life in the second, culminating in an exciting and deserved American winner. The USA’s superior number of goals scored even put them top and us second in the group.
Pete Sixsmith’s prediction – England and the USA to go through – is therefore vindicated, and I am sure he’ll be back to gloat if he can interrupt his GCSE marking duties for long enough.
Well done, England. There’s clearly a lot to do, and a lot of improvement to show, if we are going to progress to the semis or the final, but let’s be grateful for now for a job done.