posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:19 AM
Originally posted by Freeborn
A good fight back against Holland by England.
Prior to Cappello that was just the sort of game we would have buckled and been trounced.
A good fight indeed. Respect for the English lads as well as for the great supporters.
The commemoration to Sir Bobby Robson was pretty impressive. Dutch people are normally silent during such occurrences, but the English crowd started
applauding him, making the Dutchmen follow their example.
It was very obvious that the players of both teams hadn't played for some time. Frankly speaking, I found the English somewhat stronger at certain
times. We really missed Van Bommel from Bayern who normally forms a robust duo with De Jong from Man City. His replacement, Schaars, is a huge talent,
but it was obvious that he isn't used to this level. One major problem for us is our defense. We've always had the world's best offensive players
such as Cruijff, Van Basten and so on, but we lack the physically strong defenders like England has. Heitinga showed a poor performance and Ooijer is
too old to be central defender. We have our hopes on Maduro, who has had a difficult time at Valencia, but has been playing very well at his team for
some time now as central defender. He might replace Ooijer.
Anyhow, they should have planned this friendly in November so it would be a real good test.