October 9, 2008

England vs Kazakhstan World Cup 2010: England Expecting Comfortable Win

England team will face Kazakhstan in a world cup 2010 qualifying match at the Wembley stadium on Saturday. On the back of two victories in the first two qualifiers, England is confident now and they are now looking to pull off a convincing victory over Kazakhstan who has only 3 points from three outings in world cup qualifying with a victory over Andorra and two defeats against Croatia and Ukraine.

There is no doubt, England is favorite in the match and a victory for England is now much-expected. However, after England thrashed Croatia last in Zagreb last month, English fans are eagerly waiting to see a big margin victory over the visiting minnows in the match. Last time, England played at Wembley, fans jeered off the English player after their 2-2 unimpressive draw in a friendly match against Czech Republic before the start of world cup qualifying round. Now, this time, England players need to impress the fan with a big victory.

IHT reported:

"Fans react to how the players are playing," said midfielder Frank Lampard, who attracted much of the scorn during England's protracted drop in form. "With the Croatia game we showed a work ethic and a team ethic and a lot of people responded to it.

"We don't want to get carried away with ourselves but when fans see that and hopefully see it at Wembley on Saturday, you get a different response out there."

Though England was impressive against Croatia in their 4-1 victory, they had to struggle to pull off a 2-0 victory over minnows Andorra in the world cup qualifying opener. So, England fans still have fear for England team even against 120-ranked Kazakhstan in the match. England defender Rio Ferdinand wants to continue the momentum England got in the impressive victory over Croatia. However, he admitted that fans started getting agitated if England does not score within first 20 minutes.

England will miss their regular captain John Terry who is out with his back problem, while Joe Cole, who has been in excellent form, failed to make it to the squad due to his foot injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips will replace Cole in the left wing. Though Shaun Wright-Phillips generally plays in the right wing, this time he has to leave his favorite place for Theo Walcott who scored a hat trick against Croatia in the previous world cup qualifying match.

Now, one thing is clear is that England must play well against Kazakhstan and snatch an easy, impressive victory. Otherwise, England fans might again get angry and star booing off the English players. Well, I think, England fans should not boo off the team as there are some rising stars like Theo Walcott who could be England’s bright future.