It would be dangerous to overreact to a game of such little importance, but the match against Chile repeated many of England's short comings and Hodgson will do well to react to them when he picks the 23 man squad for the World Cup.
- James Milner must be dropped. The proverbial passenger, someone you only bring on when you need to shore up the defence, a second wing back if you may. Milner represents all that is wrong with the England football team, all work ethic with no skill to go with it. Many pundits talk up Milner's utility as a strength, personally I see it as a burden. He inspires negativity, whenever he comes on it is like a signal to drop deep. Whenever he starts he simply takes up space as he has no discernible skill. Today, Milner did absolutely nothing wrong, but he did nothing right either. Why he is in the England squad when he barely starts for Manchester City is beyond me.
- Wayne Rooney is not world class. I have said it before, I have extreme difficulty accepting Wayne Rooney to be world class. A good player yes, world class no. Whether he has been paired with Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo or Van Persie, he has always been upstaged and when left to his own devices Rooney has always flattered to deceive, today was no exception. The job of the lone front man is the most difficult role in world football. The lone front man is tasked with the job of holding up the ball, playing in others and having enough skill to fashion chances for himself. Today Rooney was too infrequent in doing this, his opposite number Sanchez showed him and Hodgson how it is done. If Hodgson harbored any dreams of playing a 4-3-3 formation, Rooney killed it today.
- Jack Wilshere is overrated. What has Wilshere done to merit his place in the England first 11? Better yet what has Wilshere done to merit being first line in to be the leader of the new generation for England? He is rash, has a poor first touch and quite frankly has a poor footballing mind. How many times for club and country must we see Wilshere skip past the first challenge, continue to run blindly until he is trapped and consequentially overstretch's to regain possession, only to end up a crumpled mess. Someone needs to teach Wilshere the art of teamwork, using your teammates to further your own run (aka a 1,2) and only dribbling when necessary and perhaps more importantly, when you have full control of the ball. Charging around recklessly does not show passion, it shows a lack of self-control.
- Jay Rodriquez is not international quality. A bit harsh but I did not see anything of note. No interesting runs, no skill, no real threat. Again, like Milner, Rodriquez did nothing wrong but nothing right. One of the greatest poachers of the game is Inzaghi, and he was so geared towards poaching when he did not score he may as well have been sent-off. Yet even on those rare occasions, his movement caused managers tactical headaches: would you ignore him and focus on his providers as he posed on threat by himself? Or would you drop deeper to starve the space he thrived on? Potentially opening space for the midfield to work their magic. Either situation was a catch twenty-two. Indeed Inzaghi was so infuriatingly difficult to plan for Sir Alex Ferguson stated he was "born in offside". Today, Rodriquez did a lot of running, but none of it was intelligent. He has one more game to impress, but I imagine when Walcott, Sturridge and Welbeck all come back his chance would have evaporated.
- Adam Lallana needs another game. Unlike his club teammate above, Lallana was a threat. Although a lot of the threat Lallana posed was wasted by him, he at the very least made the correct runs which forced Chile into making last ditch tackles and a few saves. He snatched at the chances he had, but that seemed to be down to nerves. He was in the right place and that is reassuring.