Tomkins, Stanislas and Sears...
... represented "the Academy of Football" in an England U21 game against the Dutch tonight.
Tomkins and Stanislas started in a game that the orange boys looked closest to winning. Stanislas played wide right in a 451 formation in his U21 debut and looked very much up to it. He got a lot of time on the ball and was very active. The England team on the whole had a lot of possession but rarely broke through to create many clear cut chances.
Tomkins had an U-21 game in the meaning that he mixed great work with pretty horrendous stuff, something he didn't do in the last games of the last campaign. Let's hope it was because of the unfamiliar environment.
With 10-15 minutes or so remaining, Freddie Sears, that also played U21 for England for the first time, came on for Stanislas but failed to make an impression. He was obviously played out of position and therefore didn't get the balls he need to use his speed. He got the same kind of balls Stanislas did and in that kind of position and in this kind of game Stanislas is so much better. But again that is a bit unfair to Freddie as it is not what he is good at.
Go and become a great player at Palace, Freddie, and then come back home and shine!
Kyle Naughton caught my eye. He should do a Nouble and cross town to play in a decent team.
The England side tonight:
1 Scott Loach, 2 Micah Richards (c), 3 Kieran Gibbs, 4 Jack Rodwell, 5 Michael Mancienne, 6 James Tomkins, 7 Junior Stanislas, 8 Lee Cattermole, 9 James Vaughan, 10 Fabien Delph, 11 Danny Rose
Subs 12 Kyle Naughton, 13 Frank Fielding, 14 Ryan Bertrand, 15 Chris Smalling, 16 Jack Wilshere, 17 Andy Carroll, 18 Freddie Sears, 19 Daniel Sturridge