Who’d have thought it? Radio 1Xtra DJ and now expert football analyst Tim Westwood gave his thoughts on England’s dire first two performances and his advice paid off yesterday as Fabio Capello’s men saw off Slovenia. It was a much improved performance by England and if Capello was as harsh about the Three Lions after the Algeria match as Westwood was, then the Italian’s words of criticism would have been ringing in their ears before they kicked off yesterday.
The Big Dawg said that England had to take risks, and that’s exactly what they did. Capello changed it up and brought in James Milner on the right who had a storming game, and replaced Emile Heskey with Jermain Defoe upfront who netted the all-important winner. There was less evidence that the England team were scared of failure yesterday afternoon and Westwood along with the rest of the nation will hope that they can build on this performance and step up another level against the old enemy and knock Germany out of the 2010 World Cup.
The World Cup certainly isn’t passing us by now as we’re well and truly in the tournament and anything can happen. The players stood up to be counted on the pitch and the fans off it were fantastic as ever. No Vuvuzelas were needed to hide the booing this time around as the England supporters celebrated long into the night and brought a feel-good factor back to the country. Westwood still believes in the dream and now a few more fans do too, and hopefully the players themselves believe as well.
Back in Italy in 1990 under Sir Bobby Robson we drew our first two games and still got through, and we’ve done exactly the same this time round. Maybe just maybe England’s individuals can play as a collective and get to the quarter finals at least. Whatever happens Tim Westwood will tell us exactly what he thinks and hopefully he’ll be able to praise the team rather than criticise it. Given the accuracy of his words of wisdom after England’s second match, maybe the Big Dawg should get in the dressing room on Sunday and give Capello’s men the motivation they need!
To read Tim Westwood’s second World Cup article in full head to the News of the World website: http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/world_cup/852867/Tim-Westwoods-second-exclusive-World-Cup-blog.html