England's Theo Walcott came into the match against Sweden as a substitute and registered a goal and an assist to lead his squad to a 3-2 victory over Sweden. How does he not start over James Milner?
So Roy Hodson is reading the morning paper, enjoy some tea and wondering if he should start Theo Walcott over James Milner in their last group game against Ukraine.
There is NOTHING to wonder about! It's a done deal. Walcott came into the match against Sweden on Friday and instantly made a difference. He drives at defenders and hits crackin' shots. He set up Welbeck on the game-winning goal. All that can really be said for Man City's Milner is that he works hard.
Walcott does that AND so much more!
Hodson needs to stop thinking that Milner is more effective, because he is not. Walcott clearly changes the game upon his entrance and it is that kind of impact that England need if they are to advance into the quarterfinals. I have nothing against James Milner, but I am rarely impressed by his performances.
One of the easier decisions that Hodson will ever make is to start Walcott in their next match. He will make England better from the opening whistle.
England's 3-2 victory over Sweden was tops in entertainment value. That's why we ditch work or take that extra long lunch (3 hours? It was a long buffet line boss!). All Sweden really had was Ibrahimovic, but he can't be expected to carry that big of a workload. England will obviously get much better with the return of Wayne Rooney...but I am still concerned with Danny Welbeck despite his incredible game winner. Up until then, he really did nothing. I would love to see Defoe get a call into the first eleven next match.
France walked all over Ukraine in a lightning delayed match and I was unfortunately FORCED to watch the commentary between Lalas, Ballack and Kasey Keller for WAY too long. I like Kasey Keller and think he has a bright future as a commentator. As for the other two, I will reserve judgement for now (they aren't good...oops, did I say that out loud?).
So now, after seeing everyone play a couple of times the top teams are clearly Spain, France and Germany with Spain way, way at the top. It will be interesting to see how these last first round games go.
IS WALCOTT BETTER THAN MILNER?
Mark Vincent Lincir is the author of THE GIFT OF STOPPAGE TIME
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