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England 1-0 Paraguay
Saturday, 10 June 2006

This is what 606 message board users had to say about the action

1625: Kumarshah
England always seems to fail when going for the kill. The bad part about the match is that we really didn't score a goal. We don't have anybody on the scoresheet. I am still astounded by Walcott's inclusion when clearly Owen should have been replaced by another striker like Defoe. Why was Carrick not brought on? It's time to stop playing in the shadows and to play the game on our terms not the opposition terms.

1617: TheStrikerof theAndes
I think English fans are terribly misinformed about Paraguay. England defeated a great South American team. In the World Cup qualifiers they defeated Argentina and tied with Brazil 0-0. So Paraguay were meant to be a hard test for England. Don't be so worried about how England played this first match because Paraguay is a harder test than Trinidad and Tobago will be and also Ecuador. One last thing, Paraguay's defence is better than Argentina's and Brazil's.

1613: Collective
We always traditionally start slow. We still have the best midfield in the world and got the result we wanted. We never had to shift to second gear. We will win the group and Germany will too. I expect us to play Ecuador in the last 16 so my suggestion for everyone is to get tickets for the quarters now.

1612: TP
Crouch, Hargreaves and Downing are not International standard footballers. Boy wonder Walcott on the bench. If you don't use him when your team needs a bit of pace and class, when are you going to use him Sven?

1610: Pukel-man
Great result and some food for thought. Came through a tough, physical battle with a very unhelpful ref, and picked up a rare first match win for England. We should be aiming to start out slow and build to peak at the final, so this is exactly the kind of result we want. IMO we looked much better once Owen went off. Thoughts for the next game: should Owen start, or are we better off committing to the 4-5-1 and trying to bed Joe Cole into the support role?

16:05: Warthog
Ordinary in the first half, dreadful in the second. It's 2002 all over again. Idiotic substitutions as well.

1555: Benjamin T
Absolutely atrocious second-half performance, only outdone by the referee!

1550: Richard
England fail to impress once again! First half wasn't all that, second half makes the England squad look ready for relegation in the Coca Cola Cup!

1545: Quack1
We need an extra field in the "rate the players" section for rating the referee. This one is abysmal.

1540: Snidey
Hargreaves, again! We need to kill off the game and they bring on Hargreaves.

1538: MrJapan
England look devoid of ideas again!! What do they work on in training!?!? Hoof the ball to the big man for 90 mins a game!! This formation is not working at all, changes quickly or else they are going to get one back.

1522: Guru J
They're gonna hit back if we're not careful. Against top opposition I can't see where are goals will come from if Rooney/Owen can't produce.

1507: The Pain
Huh? BBC pundits seem to think the passing and movement from England has been teriffic. Its functional, mainly due to the heat but also because of England's poor play. They're putting in a lot of effort but the football played is rubbish.

1453: Mexes2Arsenal
Very drab. That performance will scare none of the top sides. Still, they're leading and thats the most important thing.

1450: Snidey
The ref is unbelievably picky. Crouch is doing well. Nice to see Gerrard and Lampard playing together well. Comfortable so far.

1445: Worshipleader
Well the football's not great but we've got the all important goal. I think we're going to need another one though. I'm a bit concerned about that referee too, looks a bit too trigger happy

1425: Aliwibble
Is it just me, or is the ref the Mexican version of Graham Poll. He's not missing much, but is incredibly picky; I mean, when was the last time you saw a keeper get done for the six second rule?

1410: Hackenslash
Great start for England, Beckham is really on form at the moment.

1354: LPArsenal
If England can control the pace of their game and bring it up to Premiership pace there shouldn't be a team on the planet that can live with them. The key area will be central midfield. As long as Gerrard and Lampard can succesfully cover each other, it should be a doddle.

1348: Rafa Ranger
I'm in New a can of coke in my hand...getting ready to watch the England match on ABC!!!

1333: Paul
Here I am in Michigan, England shirt on, first beer at 7:45am, 8'x5' Flag of St.George flying from the house......I'm ready!!!!!!

1330: Taxi Driver
Why the hell do England always end up playing in 30 degree heat?

1323: Cold War Kid
No mention of the weather yet...Hottest day of the year so far..14:00 kick off and all that.

1315: yorkshirestopteam
The England team was predictable. I don't know much about Paraguay but if we are serious contenders for the World Cup, then we should be able to beat them. The question is who will come on as subs later on?

1214: pompey_rulz
This is how the game will go:

1-0: Owen - goal from corner
2-0: Gerrard - neat one-two with Owen and finishes low
3-0: Crouch flicks-on a corner then gets it flicked back to him, he is now unmarked and finishes well

1122: Shaneomac2006
I have this feeling that Gerrard will boss the games from now on, the friendlies are over and now it's time for the serious stuff. Gerrard wants this badly!

1057: justlovefooty
England SHOULD win quite easily, however, experience tells me that we will do a Poland (good organisation, but lacking the killer touch in the last third of the pitch). I hope I'm wrong but having watched England for over 40 years I just can't shake the dread of it all going horribly wrong!

1041: linogoon
On paper England should walk it, but we all know football's not like that and Paraguay are dangerous. Santa Cruz and Toledo are top-class players and must not be underestimated.

1017: taxi_driver
Paraguay do one thing better than England as far as i can tell - keep possession. All we have to improve on as an England side, is to be able to keep the ball to ourselves after we take a lead.

1014: Florist Cinema Pond Goal
I expect nothing less than a 5-0 thrashing of Paraguay!

1011: Cold War Kid
It's a game England should win, but our record in opening matches in the World Cup and Euro's is just one win since 1986!


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