No frills, functional football;
promising first half with
England employing Premiership
Early own goal least
we deserved for dominant display.
Crisp passing from sharp midfield,
beanpole Crouch a focal point.
Second period players wilting
in sizzling, unforgiving Frankfurt heat.
Midfield dropping deeper and deeper;
Crouch a forlorn figure up front.
Sven’s tactics typically cautious:
Anonymous Owen off;
Five in midfield to
protect narrow lead.
Red and white clad England fans
aghast as tiring Cole
replaced by horrendous Hargreaves,
miskick hardly enhancing reputation.
Final whistle from brilliantined ( not brilliant! ) ref
greeted with relief.
Fans and players embracing;
no thrills but three points.