Later to the show than other blogs, I’m finally here with my thoughts on the England World Cup qualifying match. We blog five days a week excluding weekends, though I expect that will change back to blogging every day soon enough.
Anyway, moving on, I think we can be encouraged from what we’ve seen of Roy Hodgson’s ‘new England’ from the post-Euro 2012 era. Can you really place a measure on one friendly match against Italy and what could optimistically by called a ‘World Cup qualifier’ against Moldova? No, not any realistic measures anyway. The early signs though, as I said, are encouraging. Rather than the 4-4-2 formation we persisted with at Euro 2012, Hodgson opted for 4-2-3-1, using Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as the anchors, leaving Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner as the attacking trio to supplement Jermaine Defoe playing as a lone striker. Read more