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Two Young Lions Raring to Go!

With Wayne Rooney forced to watch from the sidelines tonight, courtesy of his two game suspension, it looks exceedingly like two other United players will lead the England front line tonight.

Seeing as Roy Hodgson favours a 4-4-2 formation, we believe that Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck will be tasked with breaking down what could well be a resolute French defence.

Young, who now has the confidence to belief in himself at this level, will be looking for his pace and trickery to serve him well whilst Wellbeck, fresh from his delightful winner against Belgium, in a recent friendly, will be looking to take advantage of any chances that may fall his way.

For both players, the chance to impress on such a grand stage is something they`ll both relish, let`s hope the performances they give are sufficient for England to get the result it craves this afternoon.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 11 2012

Time: 2:00PM

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With very little to no support they were expected to do everything up front which was nearlly happened until Milner missed an open goal. Can see the Euros being frustrating for the strikers if that's the service they're going to receive every game becuase of Woys negative tactics and the fear of losing, and it will be a dull tournament for us England fans. I think I'd sooner see us play nice football and get knocked out than be boring and simply delay the inevitable failure.
Be honest Famous, Young was *****. Welbeck was a willing runner as ever but it's up to Young in that position to provide the link between midfield and attack and he failed to do it. Stop blaming others for his awful performance.
Bluedub you are having a laugh right? The whole ******** team was ***** par 1 or 2 (Cole and Lescott in my opinion) not just a single man. Also how is he supposed to link the midfield to the attack when there's was no support linking the midfield to him as both Gerrard, Milner and Parker were all sitting deep. He was feeding off scraps and as such the strikers would only get scraps. To be perfectly honest mate I thought the worst player on the pitch par Terry (who done ***** all at CB and Lescott carried him, I mean you know your doing poor when Johson is coming across past Lescott to cover for you) was your very own Milner. Great run but missed an open goal from what was a lovely through ball from Young. Not to mention trying to get extravagent and attempting to pull off back heels to the overlapping Johson which ultimately ended up with them getting the ball and attacking down the then exposed right hand side. I think he whipped in 1 cross all game which went out for a thrown in on the other side of the pitch. I don't blame that on Milner though as once again I understand there was a severe lack of support and options for our front men. Soft goal conceded also but the benefit of the doubt and Parker was in the line of sight.
I'm not being funny but in Hodgsons system and the lack of support he gives the attacking effort with only 4 players ever venturing forward and the remaining 7 maintaining defensive positions (meaning the CMs arent even going up field in an attempt to maintain possession in the oppositions half) not even the best in the world in Iniesta, Sneijder, Silva or Kaka could provide a decent service. I don't deny Young didn't play well, however I find it a bit of a ***** take to single out Young as not being at his best when we all know fully well Hodgsons style of play doesn't compliment or even help him in his role and also when there were plenty of other members of the squad who done just as bad if not worse. When Rooneys back and retains that CF role I'm expecting him to be largely ineffective also and will do what he normally does when there's a lack of service, drop deep to get the ball and leave the front man stranded.
Don't suppose you could tell me what Nasri's celebration was about also? Why was he shushing?
Jeez, touch a nerve did I? I'm not singling him out btw, i just thought he was poor and it's unfair to blame others for his poor showing. I also thought Milner was poor, industrious as ever but lacking quality. Haven't got a clue what Nasri's celebration was about mate.
Nasri was directing his celebrations at the French media apparently:
The thing is Bluedub, I wasn't blaming a poor performance on anyone I was just stating that with limited support and service it was going to be a frustrating tournament. The closest thing to a blame in my original comment was the dig at Roy's negative tactics which will leave our attacking players stranded, which is fair no? Can't blame the players after all for playing how they were instructed to play. Cheers fcb, couldn't see why he was doing it from our perspective unless it was just to stick it to the Arsenal fans again because he scored against their national side.
He really has got his own personal siege mentality hasn't he? Suppose it helps though as he really does perform when trying to stick it to whoever has a criticism towards him.
I can see your point Famous but I still expected more from him.
For the way Roy wants to play I think he'd be better off playing a target man with a poacher, or in England's case Carroll with Defoe.
I don't think so mate, when he played this system at Fulham he used Dempsey in the role that Young was supposed to play yesterday and it worked well, this is why I was critical of Young, he didn't show enough for the ball. If he went big man little man up front then the problem that you refer to would be exacerbated imo.
Didn't really see it in the light of his Fulham days. The way played just reminded me of Chelsea, something the French have mocked us for (and fairly enough in my opinion) and thought that if thats how he's going to play he needs a Drogba like target man to lump it up to and the only player we have like that is Carroll. Interestingly. A bit naive to play Young like Dempsey and expecting it to work also, they're just two completely different players.
I suspect Rooney will play that role on his return, with Young moving out to the left. I don't believe it's like Chelsea, there is proper width in Hodgson's set up, there isn't in Chelsea's.
Young was England's worst player according to the "Capello Index". Milner was not the worst by far. Make of that what you will.

Ashley Young was England's weak link, according to The Capello Index
Haha the Capello index!! I remember that! Capellos bull***** way at rating players performances. I wonder how that served him at the World Cup. Capellos tenure as England manager was a joke all round. Surely if he was going by his index a few of the players who monumentally let him down in South Africa wouldn't of been there nor played every game after each bad performance.
Fair enough Bluedub.

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