After the US game I wrote, “Glen Johnson confirmed that he is good going forward but vulnerable in defence, and like the centre-backs he will be cruelly exposed later in the tournament, if there is a later.” After the Algeria game I repeated, “The defence is a disaster waiting to happen…”
The defence against Germany was a shambles. If the Germans hadn’t exposed them, Argentina would have done. The midfield failed to dominate a single match. We missed Beckham terribly. Milner was the only one of three wingers who could cross a ball successfully.
The jury is no longer out on Lampard and Gerrard. They cannot play together in the same team. Four managers have tried and failed. There is an argument that Gerrard could have played close behind Rooney. We will never know, because Capello never tried it. The strikers were a total failure, except for Defoe’s goal against Slovenia, and Rooney’s shot against the post later in the same match.