ENGLAND really put us through the whole gamut of emotions tonight in their friendly with Holland.
Boredom, frustration, despair, hope, elation, more frustration and despair – it was enthralling viewing, even though the enduring image of the night must be Klaas-Jan Huntelaar chowing down on the Wembley turf.
For the first half of the match England were the embodiment of caretaker manager Stuart Pearce and his headline-hogging captain Scott Parker – sturdy, committed, functional, and anonymous in the final third.
But after the break it was like the past two years of toil were forgotten as Holland’s class – through Arjen Robben and Huntelaar – tore us apart like we were back facing Germany in South Africa 2010 like rabbits in the headlights.
And we still found time to regain parity and throw it away again through an avoidable defensive lapse.
At least it wasn’t a predictable performance and for that I’m glad. England won’t Euro 2012 on this showing, but it will be worth watching.