England’s performance against France was disappointing. The team was set up not to lose basically and contain the threat of France but after 29 minutes England were 1-0 down. I was surprised by the team selection however Rafferty, Houghton and Bronze deserve credit for their performances. At a World Cup no one is there to make up the numbers and I felt like England setting up like that paved a way for the rest of the tournament if we get out of the group. If you are going to try and win this tournament you have to face the big sides at some point and can’t set up like that all the time as you will get picked off.
I’d like to see a big more of an adventurous side play against Mexico. Mark Sampson did say after the match he already knows his team. I watched Mexico against Colombia and luckily for England it ended in a 1-1 draw with a wonderful late equaliser from Colombia after Mexico went 1-0 up in the first half after a bizarre goal which was awarded thanks to goal line technology. It was a very good game, both teams set up to attack and were a joy to watch. I felt that Mexico were more of a threat with their front three but were also a bit shaky in defence.
When England did get the ball against France they didn’t keep it well. I was surprised Jordan Nobbs didn’t start in midfield who is a very good passer of the ball and composed in possession. England’s wingers as well were Luzy Brone and Ellen White who aren’t natural wingers but were there to do a more defensive job than attacking. Against Mexico I would love to see Eniola Aluko out on the left wing cutting infield and also Karen Carney supporting Leanne Sanderson who offers a lot up top. Leanne is a good finisher, passer, hard worker and can be a threat in the air and we should look to get the ball into the box against Mexico.
Here is the team I would like to see start against Mexico…
How would you like England to set up?
COME ON ENGLAND!!