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England rampant in Croatia

England reacted to the criticism levelled at them in recent weeks and months - and fairly so to be honest - in the best possible way this evening as they inflicted Croatia's first ever competitive defeat on their own patch, and in some style...

A hat trick from Theo Walcott and another from Wayne Rooney saw us to a fantastic 4-1 world cup qualifying victory!

Unfortunately Pompey only had one lion tonight, as opposed to the three lions we had at the weekend, with this lion being David James. Wes Brown and Emile Heskey returned in place of Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe who had to be content with places on the bench - where they stayed.

Well played England, it was a fantastic performance but lets not get carried away by this - no doubt we will be 'the greatest team in the world' again now! Lets enjoy the moment, and to have beaten a nation never beaten on their own soil before, and a nation that had become our 'bogey team' is something to revel in but lets not get overly carried away with this... just yet anyway!

I cannot let this moment pass without giving a mention to sea-juicer, well mate you had said for a good few days that England would win 4-1 - and so they did, I hope that you had a few quid on this as if you did you will be quids in, which will mean the beers are on you this weekend prior to Boro...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 10 2008

Time: 10:38PM

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Didn't see the match but I am pleased that we have found some kind of formula to work with. Just sorry it didn't include GJ and JD.
Gandor
Yep, sorry that JD and GJ weren't part of it, but JD was always going to struggle to keep a regular England place. No matter who the manager is, England always seem to end up hoofing it upfield and hoping for the best, and he just doesn't have the physical presence for that sort of role. Crouch could very well figure in the near future, but he needs to get back to full fitness first.
PhilTaglia
Not that I'm suggesting that we were hoofing it upfield tonight. But it is a habit we will fall back into at some point, I suspect.
PhilTaglia
Was a great game. Should have been 5-0 but I will very happily settle for 4-1.
sneakay
At last some National success. I just hope though they don't think it's because Heskey played!!!
storagematt
What a second half!! Heskey does indeed give a different dimention to the set up Matt. Nothing wrong with Defoe, it just wasn't the right game for him tonight. The last time England played like that..In Germany, Heskey played in that too...A pattern forming here?? Rooney and Walcott were superb last night. In fact it was an awesome team performance. Shame the best goal of the night was disallowed!
pentonpompey
forget 5 sneakay, should have been 6! disallowed goal, penalty that should have been, and their goal was barely legal, so overall not a bad day for the three lions. gj would have done a better job than wes, but we cant have it all our own way!
jbaker
I was very impressed by 'Trio' Walcott, even if he is an ex-scum. Has a very bright future ahead. Fast little bugger.
.Andrew.
Sheer class.
NinjaTim
utaka needs to take lessons from theo!
pompeycarpet
Played 2, won 2 goals 6 for 1 against, I'll take that good start now let's not blow it
pompeyyong
it's just that you would have thought the goals would have come in different games...
pompeycarpet
To true carpet, but the 6 points is still the best stat.
pompeyyong
 

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