Reflections on the England - Mexico friendly

3 - 1 flattered England for a while but was fully deserved in the end as Mexico faded in the second half.

Playing against a side which is comfortable in possession and capable of breaking at speed is valuable preparation for any tournament.

Gerrard is better in the centre than out on the wing. Rooney also prefers him in this position.

Glen Johnson would make an excellent midfielder. Strong in the tackle, he's also not afraid to run at defenders. What a goal!

If World Cups were won by 'impact players', England could book the homecoming parade today.

Although not at his best in an unfamiliar anchor role James Milner is on the plane to South Africa. Michael Carrick may be sweating about his squad place now.

Presuming both sides match each other's group stage record and win in the last 16, I'll take Mexico in the quarter finals right now.

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