I have to dish out praise to Wayne Rooney after his display in the Euro 2012 qualifying victory over the Swiss. Rooney, who is the subject of newspaper allegations about his private life, scored the first England goal in a 3-1 win in Basle yesterday evening. Rooney received praise from Capello and Stevie G as well. There was definitely pressure on him as he had a World Cup to forget in South Africa. Rooney scored the opener after 10 minutes, a lead that England held until half-time, with Capello describing it as the best first-half performance of his time in charge of the national side. The win over the Swiss sees England at the top of the pile with six points and a goal difference of +6.
There were some purple patches in the game but nevertheless, England have to be given lots of praise for the performance shown yesterday, and I’m relieved that Capello has stopped playing Stevie G on the left and has put him in the centre of midfield which is where he belongs. However, there is still work to be done.
During the game, Adam Johnson got his second goal of his England career and Darren Bent got his first goal in an England shirt. The only downers on a magnificent display was that Joe Hart had a bit of an off day and that Walcott had to go off after an ankle injury. This is even more of a downer as I’m an Arsenal fan. However, let’s not get carried away with this result as we faced the Swiss, not the Spanish or the Germans. England’s next game is at home against surprise package Montenegro, led by captain Mirko Vucinic.