More Peckish Than Hung(a)ry...
England 3-1 Hungary
Goals from Steven Gerrard (47), John Terry (51) and Peter Crouch (84) gave England a comfortable victory at Old Trafford.
In a dull first half, England also missed a penalty - Kiraly saving Frank Lampard's effort just before the break. The goal of the game, as per the Uruguay friendly, went to the visitors - Dardai (55) firing into the top corner from 25 yards.
The line up tonight could well be the one that takes the field against Paraguay on June 10th, so it was interesting to see how the side would settle. Steve Gerrard played in the Rooney role, just behind Owen, and did well. Joe Cole had an outstanding game on the left side of midfield, as did Beckham on the right, showing an almost complete range of his passing abilities.
On the negative side... yet again, Owen Hargreaves. He looked an absolute shambles when he replaced Carrick. I can only agree with the post match comments from 'Ian Wright' about him -
"He must know something about Sven's past!!"
The only other negative was the goal celebration from 'Peter Crouch'.
The robotic dance was reminiscent of a street artist you would see painted all silver or gold, and definitely needs some work before Germany!!
A concern maybe, is the fitness of Michael Owen. With Rooney injured for at least the Group stages, Owen looks like he needs a few more matches to get his match sharpness back. With only one more warm up game left, will it be enough time?
England: Robinson, Gary Neville (Hargreaves 45), Ferdinand, Terry (Campbell 76), Ashley Cole, Carragher, Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard (Crouch 65), Joe Cole, Owen (Walcott 65).
Lofty's man of the match: David Beckham