In a game that we knew was going to be close, the English national side took on the Netherlands last night in a game that was about more than simply strutting their stuff in their newly designed strips, it was a chance for stand in manager Stuart Pearce to stand up from his usual under 21’s hidden gaffer seat and stand tall and proud in front of his own home nation.
England were never going to head into this game with a side that boasted the full extent of their selectional prowess, instead it was more about giving future English stars the chance to showcase their worth to the expecting nation as their country played host to a Dutch side that are known for their quality throughout their set up.
England never looked like they were as out of their depth as they did the moment that former Chelsea midfielder Robben showcased his ability in his mission to ensure that the Dutch lions were going to overcome their hosts and as the visitors headed home more than a secondary goal (the other thing being Chris Smalling), the game looked to have completely eluded the national side in what looked likely to end in a sea of boos and unrest within the English fan base but that was not to be the end of the drama that the game had to serve up, oh no!
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill decided that he had seen enough of teammates wasting their chances and failing to break the host deadlock, charging forward before latching onto a through ball in an offside position to slip the ball under the Dutch keeper in a move that simply lifted the atmosphere at the ground.
Man United attacker Ashley Young then decided that he was not about to miss out on the post match reactions without having his name mentioned and when last sub Phil Jones found the tricky attacker late in the game, Young lofted the ball into the Dutch goal to leave the game in what looked to have been a game of unbelievable good fortune for the home nation.
Don’t worry though Lady Luck haters, she was not about to help the English get out of their jam this or any other night, Robben once again showing an air of class to somehow lift that ball around a defender, off the shoulder of goal hero Gary Cahill and then passed an outstretched Joe Hart in the England goal that looked to have had the ball covered before Robben made use of the Chelsea defender to divert the ball past the Man City stopper.
The Dutch won the game 3-2 and it seems that many fans were happy with the result, a shock as the general feel of the nation is that winning is the only way that we will accept anything but I guess with the football, cricket and rugby dealing out losses, we’re used to it all now?
After the game caretaker manager Stuart Pearce stood in front of the media and informed them that he would not be a long term option for the position and said that the FA would have to find a suitable replacement….
Oy! Pearce you lost the game! We don’t want another no hoper steering the side anyway!