This was a sad, sad game. Not sad as in the upset way, but sad as in the pathetic sense. All England had to do was draw to qualify. What do they do? Concede two goals in the first fifteen minutes against a team that had already qualified. Yes, Croatia were playing like they really wanted to win but there wasn't that fire and snap there like it would have been if they needed
a result. You can bet your ass if the situation the teams were in would have been reversed Mclaren would have been messing around with formations, trying out new players and the team would have had absolutely zero motivation to win and Croatia would have come out determined going for the win (even more than today).
England went out there half assed. Only Crouch, Cole and Gerard (as usual) showed any class and determination. It took a gift penalty to get England back in the match and a "Beckham Special" to get back to a draw. Then what happens? They sit back and didn't continue to press the action when they were on top. Result? They concede a goal, it was a class strike though.
The fact of the matter is, this game wasn't the reason England didn't qualify. Drawing against Macedonia and Israel is the reason. If they want to compete on a world level they can't drop results to these level teams. They did and as such they don't deserve to be through to the finals.
Obviously didn't help that Hargreaves, Rooney and Terry are out of action, but that's par for the course in football and no excuse.
[EDIT] - Lampard, needs to be off the team. I've been saying this since early 2006. The slow, unmotivated, fat knacker needs to go. Scholes would be the most logical replacement but sadly he's retired from international footie. God damn Scholes has more imagination, skill and determination in his ginger hair than Lampard has in his entire body.
And Bridge was a fkin joke. Jesus wept. In fact Jesus would have probably played better in his Sandals than Bridge did tonight.