18th Jun 2009, 19:45
England can now go into the game with the 'old enemy' Germany on Monday knowing that safe passage into the semi finals of the European U21 championships has been secured after a 2-0 win over Spain on yesterday.
This was achieved after goals from Manyoo's, or is he now Hull's, Fraser Campbell on 67 minutes with the second, and decisive, coming on 73 minutes when James Milner made up for his earlier penalty miss to secure the victory after a bust of pace from sub Theo Walcott.
I did miss the 1st half and the first couple of minutes of the 2nd due to someone else having the TV but what I did see was a comfortable enough win with England rarely threatened. When we were threatened by the Spaniards Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, who from what I saw was fantastic, stamped out the danger in the middle of the park and Citeh's defensive duo of Nedum Onouha and Micah Richards - who I will again say, in fact both, would make fine signings for Pompey methinks? - did the job in the middle.
Our very own Martin Cranie again played the full 90 minutes, and from what I saw was not threatened at all but when he was later in the game he dealt with this very well and seemed sound and assured on the ball. He did make one clearance at 0-0 when Joe Hart has a rush of blood to the head, but the Citeh keeper got lucky when the possible next Pompey right back cleared the danger.
View the highlights in this sky sports video...
So, job done for the Young Lions!
A point against Germany will see England top the Group B table and with Stuart Pearce most likely be looking to rest a few players I think this is something that we would be ok with, although that said we will of course want to beat them.
Mr Capello, Pearce is such a gentleman, was pleased with what he saw and told him so, so view Pearce's thoughts on that conversation, the win, the Walcott 'oversight', our improvement, his 'desire' to beat the Germans and more in this sky sports video...
PLAY UP POMPEY & THE YOUNG LIONS!