Match Of The Week: Andorra 0-2 England

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? It’s reassuring, in a way, actually. The new season has started, and England are being terrible. Last night in Barcelona, England toiled and struggled and huffed and puffed their way to a tortuously laboured win against a country with a population of less than half the size of Brighton. What was probably the most worrying about last night’s England performance was that Fabio Capello is starting to display the same sort of errors of judgement that his predecessors made. Couple this with the obvious shortcomings of the players (how many more times are people going to try the argument that “the players are all good enough – why oh why are things going so badly wrong?”) and the utter lack of imagination being displayed by everyone concerned, and it becomes pretty obvious that the next two years may turn out to be as grim as the last couple have been. Anyone with any knowledge of the game would have been able to tell them that Andorra, possibly the most limited team in Europe, would put eleven men behind the ball and hope for the best. Jermaine Defoe almost gave England the lead with thirty seconds played on the clock but, apart from a shot from Frank Lampard that flashed just wide, that was more or less it for the first...

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