1. David James seems a nice guy but one terrible error was discouraging. Green did well.
2. Ashley Cole was – again – all over the place. How may times in the second haf did Sean Wright-Phillips have tio run back to cover the superb Spanish full-back Ramos with Cole nowhere to be seen and at the end Cole’s temperament let him down, not for the first time.
3. The central defense was a nightmare. Jagielka gave away the first goal with a ridiculous pass. Villa then made mincemeat of Terry and Jagielka, when the two of them couldn’t stop him. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Terry disappoint against the very best strikers (memories of Ronaldinho for Barcelona against Chelsea). The commentators and studio pundits, of course, said nothing about this part of Villa’s goal. Yes, he is top class but they made a mess of stopping him. Then the second goal resulted from a needless freekick given away by Upson, who then failed to mark the scorer.
4. Wingers. Downing did very little and Wright-Phillips ran and ran, both up front and in defense to cover for Ashley Cole. But neither penetrated up front. When Wright-Phillips did get a chance he wasted it.
5. Midfield. The Spanish midfield was superb. Experienced, used to playing together, and always in control of the ball, they overran England completely after the first 20 minutes. Barry and Carrick did well enough as defensive midfielders but didn’t do well moving forward (apart form one good header by Barry). Lampard did nothing and his passing was atrocious. The forwards got no supply at all except from the occasional superb ball by Be…