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发表时间:2008-10-14 18:33:04 来源:荣县中学 编辑:江志琼
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Off the Pitch 绿茵场外

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International Fears for England 国际足坛为英国捏把汗

 

Joe Cole scored both of England's goals against Andorra

England failed to impress in their first round of qualifying matches 资格赛 for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, despite beating Andorra 安道尔 2-0 in Barcelona on Saturday.

Andorra is a tiny country in the Pyrenees Mountains 比利牛斯山脉 with a population of just 75,000, and their football team is made up of amateurs 业余选手 who play in their free time and players from the lowest echelons 最底层 of professional leagues.

The result of Saturday’s game should never have been in doubt yet England’s team of Premier League multi-millionaires 千万富翁 still managed to make heavy-going of it 费力的, 艰难的 with an unimpressive display 不佳的表现 in the first half.

Many fans, who had hoped for England to improve under their new Italian manager Fabio Capello, were disappointed by the game and began booing 嘘声一片 as the players came off for half-time 中场休息.

However second-half substitute 替补 Joe Cole spared the manager’s blushes 分担教练难堪之情 by scoring twice to turn the game in England’s favour.

But many questions remain unanswered as England seem not to have improved as a team or even to have changed their negative style of football under successive managers 众多教练.

The excuses came thick and fast 接二连三的 as England players discussed their victory over a team ranked 排名 186th in the world (England are ranked 15th).

Goalscorer Joe Cole blamed Andorra’s negative defensive tactics 被动防守战术 and a "sticky pitch" 场地很粘 for the lacklustre 表现欠佳的 performance.

"It was our first qualifier and our confidence was low," added Cole, who was praised by his Chelsea team mate and England captain John Terry.

"I am delighted for Coley. He’s been on fire at Chelsea," said Terry, meaning that Cole has been playing exceptionally well for his club side.

England will now face a much sterner test 更严峻的考验 when they play Croatia at home in Zagreb on Wednesday, having lost their last two games against the Croats.

Capello has said it is a game which England "have to play to win", but the England manager remains optimistic 乐观的.

"Are England good enough to get a result 获胜? Yes, I think so. I am confident in my team," said Capello.

 

More Off the Pitch

更多 绿茵场外

International Fears for England
国际足坛为英国捏把汗

Welcome Back to Manchester
欢迎再次回到曼彻斯特

Testing Times for Spurs
对热刺的考验时刻

The New Season
英超新赛季

The Goal that Cost 12m pounds
一失足成千古恨

Olympic Pride and Predictions
奥运的荣誉和预言

Football at the Games
奥运会的足球比赛

Changing Chelsea
变化中的切尔西

Scoring Goals for Africa
为非洲进球

Transfer Roundup
转会综述

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