Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling were all in action at Wembley as England lost 1-0 to Germany. Rooney was typically vibrant but Sturridge’s greedy antics on the ball made it difficult for them to strike up a partnership with a static midfield behind them.
Cleverley played well up against the Bender brothers in the middle and came through unscathed which is a prerogative for United given that Carrick, Jones and Fellaini are all injured.
Smalling was given his favoured centre back role alongside Phil Jagielka and on the whole, played well against a strong German side but could have done more for their goal. He’ll just be happy to have started at centre back.
Nani has Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant hat-trick to thank as Portugal qualified for the World Cup at the expensive of Sweden. What a player Ronaldo is. It really was a privilege to watch him play at Old Trafford for so long.
Patrice Evra’s France will also secured their place in the World Cup after turning round a 2-0 deficit to beat Ukraine.
Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini faced off in a friendly with Japan winning 3-2. Kagawa played 82 minutes from a wide left position and impressed against a strong Belgium side while Fellaini played the second half, something which will help his match sharpness ahead of Cardiff this weekend.
Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard were both in action tonight as England’s Under-21s tore San Marino apart 9-0.
Keane continued his incredible goalscoring form with a header to put England 1-0 up and unsurprisingly had very little to do at the back given how poor San Marino were going forward. He spent more time bombing forward than in defence really.
Lingard did everything but score. His intelligent football was on show and he is in lovely form right now. As for Wilfried Zaha, he was an unused substitute as Gareth Southgate gave Lingard a game instead.