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Psycho left his knife at home.

It's the Arjen Robben Show.

Two fantastic goals make it a night to not forget so quickly.

Far too often these England friendlies bore you to sleep on a Wednesday evening.

And this one was heading the same way until Arjen Robben took the game by the scruff of the neck early in the second half and raced from well inside his own half to the edge of the England penalty area where he coolly slotted home in the far corner past Joe Hart.

Wednesday evening England Friendlies always invoke the ire of the missus who has to miss her soap fix and watch England's second and third choice strut their stuff.

At least the Dutch striker showed some magic to sprinkle the Wembley turf with.

Apparently he's out of form. Really? On this showing both Chelsea and Real Madrid must have been wondering why they sold him.

Apart from the actual play all of the speculation was about who would be captain and who would warm the bench.

To the chagrin of all those who had lumped their hard earned cash with a sports bet on the obvious choice Steven Gerrard to be captain, temporary manager Stuart Pearce sprung a surprise and gave the armband to Scott Parker.

Presumably because he knew Gerrard would be playing nowhere near the full 90 minutes with a big game against Arsenal coming up early Saturday afternoon.

As it was, Gerrard limped off with only 30 minutes or so gone with a "tight hamstring" and vindicated Pearce's decision.

As for the game I won't comment on that.

It was the normal England performance.

That's all you need to say really.

Lots and lots of huff and puff from the midfield without managing an incisive forward pass and a defence always holding on by the skin of its teeth.

The highlights for England were Danny Wellbeck who stopped throwing himself on the floor for a while and was full of chasing.

Not much else he could do really but chase the keeper down as there was never likely to be a through ball of any quality for him.

This guy has serious pace though and fantastic ability which he showed in glimpses and is an exciting prospect.

Daniel Sturridge also had a good game and could have topped it with a goal but he needed lightening fast reactions to stick the bobbling ball away and it bounced tamely into the keepers arms.

At least he was in the vicinity and not standing forlornly outside the box like a lost gazelle. Have you still got that pony tail?

Scott Parker had a good game and that's about it really. I mean that's what we have come to expect of "good" English midfielders: the ability to win the ball and then pass it off sideways.

The highlight, and it really was the highlight of the night for me was that despite Liverpool's transfer policy of buying the best young English players none was on display here and that is the mountain that Dalglish has to climb.

In their heyday Liverpool's players made up nearly half of the first team.

To have one solitary performer on the night who is in the twilight of his career is indicative of how far their star has fallen and how much work has yet to be done.

And therein lies the problem for England and it's new manager whoever it may be.

As fans we think more of our clubs than we do of the England team and a friendly like this just gets in the way.

Even the crowd were bored into submission.

Wembley is a fantastic stadium but having a team with the ability to grace it with flair and exciting football is just a pipedream.

Liverpool V Arsenal on Saturday?

Now that's more like it.

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