Brian Honour brings us his latest Blog as he gives us his views on the attacking nature of the World Cup in Brazil.
Hello and welcome to my first Blog of the summer here on the Official Website.
I’m glad that the World Cup is on at the moment to feed my football fix because I am definitely already missing watching Pools in action and can’t wait for the season to start again.
I’ve been watching as much of the World Cup as I can but I have to admit that some of the late games have been a struggle!
I’ve really enjoyed it though; there have been some cracking games and plenty of goals which is unusual in the group stages because you can often see teams being cagey and trying more not to be beaten than to actually win games.
Maybe it’s something in the air over in Brazil that is seeing that flamboyant atmosphere being transferred on to the pitch – whatever it is, let’s hope it continues right through the tournament. I was an attacking player and couldn’t defend for toffee so it’s certainly my type of game!
On Saturday I thought England played very well in terms of the actual performance even though they didn’t get the result we were all hoping for.
Obviously the big debate was about Wayne Rooney and him playing on the left and whether he’d be better suited more centrally. For me, I certainly think it takes something from his game when he’s out wide and he can affect things more when he’s central.
It’s all opinions of course and it would be harsh on Raheem Sterling who was arguably our best player in that role just behind Sturridge. But when you see Rooney through the middle he can affect games, score goals and create plenty so that’s where I’d be playing him against Uruguay.
They aren’t the best defensively and I would fancy Rooney and his team mates to be able to get at them so as long as they can keep Suarez quiet at the other end then I’m optimistic about our chances of getting a win.
I think there’ll be a couple of chances and I’m sure there’ll be some dilemmas for Mr Hodgson but I’m looking forward to seeing who he selects and excited to watch the game.
I have to say that my biggest surprise of the World Cup so far was seeing Shola Ameobi playing! At first, I thought it was a misprint! Haha!
Anyway, in tonight’s game I’m going to go for a 2-1 win for England with Rooney and Sturridge getting the goals – you heard it here first!
Enjoy the game and Never Say Die.