At last England seem to have found their form. The match against Russia last night wasn't characterised by eccentric genius or an insane heroic fight back against impossible odds (thank goodness in the latter case). Rather it showed a co-operative working team in which talented individuals were melded into an effective whole. Can this be my England, my old heart-breakers? Not to worry, they'll soon be letting me down again I'm sure. Michael Owen has matured - he's not fast and explosive like Shearer but you could see those brain-cogs keeping their grip as he stopped, thought about it, and placed his shot just right. Twice! And even Rio Ferdinand, the biggest dunce in the squad, managed to score. Heskey lived up to what we expect of him. We didn't miss Beckham or Rooney at all.
Russia had a perfectly good goal disallowed, so I am very glad we won by a big enough margin that it didn't matter.