A proud moment for Manchester City, as for the first ever time a product of the MCFC Academy played in a World Cup finals match for England. Shaun Wright-Phillips, who just squeezed into the England squad ahead of Adam Johnson, came on for James Milner after half an hour.
Milner was chosen to start on the left of midfield, but after struggling with a virus all week he looked some way off the pace of the game. He arrived at three or four tackles a week late and was booked. The situation was unsustainable, and Wright-Phillips' energy and diligence was preferred to Joe Cole's wit down the left. Shaun got on the ball a fair bit, linking well with Ashley Cole and once putting him through to the byline. His big moment came when Wayne Rooney slid him into a good goalscoring position. He decided to open out his body and try to curl it past Howard, which was surprising given his natural instinct there is to go hard and high at the near post. The ball went straight to Howard.
It was great to see Shaun playing, and he did quite well, but that was probably our second best chance of the second half. I imagine when Gareth Barry plays against Algeria then Steven Gerrard will move to the left and Shaun will be benched.
England drew the game 1-1.