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Despite the failures once again, there were a few positives to take out of the tournament.
New manager Roy Hodgson looked to youth for a change. Under Fabio Capello you always had the feeling that no matter what happened, the "old guard" would still be playing the next game. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck were given their chance to shine with the latter arguably getting the goal of the tournament with his match-winning, mid-air backheel against Sweden.
|Welbeck (L) and Carroll (R) were given their chance|
Another positive was the fact that Roy seemed to install a sense of pride back into the nation again. One improvement was seeing all of the players singing the national anthem. Even Rooney opened his mouth to sing for once.
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Much has been talked about our lack of keeping the ball. In my opinion this is because we tried so hard to get the ball back that when we did have it, the players were knackered and the pass went astray.
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Finally, with regards to the game (which Italy deservedly one) I did not see the huge fuss about Andrea Pirlo that everyone way making out. He's a good player, don't get me wrong, but with the amount of space he had given to him, a player of his quality you'd expect him to pick out passes to his team mates. As for his penalty, it would have been a poor one had Joe Hart just stood in the centre of the goal and caught it. "Quality penalty". I disagree.
|Pirlo's "dink" could have left him red faced|
Until next week...