England beaten by kick-and-rush Germany

England were well and truly stuffed by the Germans yesterday in Bloemfontein. The irony is that German’s first goal was scored by “kick-and-rush” tactics derided by Franz Beckenbauer only days earlier.

In retrospect EnglandĀ  have never been really convincing even in qualifying. They have lacked a cutting edge, the defence has been slow and ponderous and the midfield find it impossible to retain the ball or breakdown opposition defences.

Couple that with the lack of pace all round, the underperformance of our star players and we had no chance.

One answer might be to base a squad around the present U21 team and keep them together for the next four years.