THIS POSTING HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY England 1 Slovenia 0: job done
Sod’s law prevails and if, like me, you are in France and don’t have Canal+, the usual option, TF1, is of no use since it is showing the unbelievably drab Algeria v USA game (0-0 five minutes into the second half).
Kurdistan Goals, or whichever of those iffy internet streams is prepared to give a picture from the England game, is doing so only sporadically, with two competing commentaries, one of them in English, but both ahead of the stuttering images.
I’d probably still be waiting to see the fine Milner cross, met well by Defoe (though he was a little lucky that his strike straight at the keeper went in). Fortunately, TF1 showed it several times before returning to the tedium of the other game.
So I’ll take the word of Roy Hodgson, at the BBC website, about the first half:
“I thought England played extremely well – the passing, tempo of the team and discipline has all been very impressive. They should be more than 1-0 up – the England crossing has been outstanding.”
… and hope they can keep it up. Come on England – and come on anySalut! Sunderland readers out there willing to post a comment or two to keep me updated.