Kazakhstan 0-4 England: Job Done.
Video via 101GG
Here’s the video of England’s 4-0 win over Kazakshtan today, with goals from Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.
Not a very memorable performance, but it was never going to be an easy game. As Donald commented on the LiveBlog: “Kazakhstan aren’t exactly bad, not Andorra/San Marino/Luxembourg etc bad anyway”. And the pitch was none too pretty.
Quick player ratings (no numbers, just words).
Green, Terry and Upson did nothing wrong, but didn’t really have much to do.
Glen Johnson made that horrible mistake and nearly cost us a goal early on, but also got forward and crossed for Rooney’s goal. Mixed bag.
Ashley Cole looked assured without doing anything too decisive.
Barry and Lampard both got on the scoresheet but didn’t do a great job of keeping possession/setting the tempo. Probably hard to play lots of short passes on a dodgy pitch though.
Theo Walcott look fast (no surprise there) but didn’t create anything. Subbed at HT for SWP (who did OK, even playing 20 minutes or so at right back).
Gerrard did OK from the left and was involved in Heskey’s goal. I think sometimes we expect too much from him though. Rooney ditto. Nice acrobatic volley for the goal though.
Emile Heskey did plenty of work up front, flick ons etc. Hit the post and also finished the second goal with surprising composure (but not really surprising, he does play centre forward for a living) .
So 4-0 away? I’ll take it.
A win at home vs Andorra on Wednesday (which should be much easier) won’t make qualification official, but it should put us damn close.
Only question about the team for Wednesday… with Barry suspended (he was booked today) who partners Lampard in midfield?
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