Roy Hodgson - My Fake Diary

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

England looked a more naturally-balanced side as they crushed Moldova in our opening World Cup qualifier.

We can expect a stiffer challenge on Tuesday when Ukraine arrive at Wembley for their second match in Group H.

It would be entirely wrong to draw any hard and fast verdicts from 90 minutes against an awful team but it was good, it was ok - they did all they could do.

I was expecting big things from Ashley Young and it didn't happen - it was a very weak performance from a very good player who had been, for me, England's best player for the previous 12 months and he didn't show under the pressure of expectation which is perhaps what people have said of him in the past.

It's a difficult issue with Cleverley because I suspect that Rooney will end up becoming that ten once he's fit again and you can understand why, which means that Cleverley drops back into the reserve team ranks but that's fair enough because he's still very young.

This was only his second cap - you can't, at this stage, expect him to displace someone who has scored 29 goals for England… or can you?

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