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International round-up: Valencia’s howitzer, Rooney’s stalemate

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were all in action for England last night in their 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

As England games at Wembley are more often than not, it was a pretty dour affair. Rooney wasn’t in inspiring form but he was settled in his comfortable #10 slot for England with Hodgson continuing to show faith in him despite all the uncertainties about his Manchester United future.

Rooney’s personal highlight was a delicious weighted pass to Jones that reminded us all what he can do when he puts some effort in but overall, no England player stood out.

Carrick wasn’t his usual metronomic self and put in a couple of mistimed challenges but partnering him with Frank Lampard was never going to make for the most energetic midfield was it? MMaybe he is still a bit hungover from GETTING OUR TROPHY BACK!

As for Jones, he played at right-back for 45 minutes and looked pretty decent as he always does. His crosses left a little to be desired with most failing to clear the first man but given the fact that he changes positions more times than I have hot dinners, he is remarkably consistent wherever he is put.

All three will hope to be in contention for Sunday’s showpiece friendly against Brazil in the newly refurbished Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Antonio Valencia scored a great goal for Ecuador in their 4-2 loss to Germany with a sweetly struck half volley from the edge of the area (and he dedicated it to his daughter – nice touch from the tank).


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