Strange how people see things. I read that Parker should have been picking up Pirlo last night. From what I saw, I thought Roy had to the team to drop to two banks of four as soon as Italy got the ball, with then Rooney tracking back as Pirlo came forward. But it all just seemed negative. I agree re Walcott and Young - you would have thought with Young and Cole on one side, and Johnson and Walcott the other, we would have had a fair chance of scaring some defences, but they never looked to press on even when Walcott came on. Milner is ok as a worker, but he hardly scares defences.
Whether it was a Roy plan, or just the team totally lacking confidence, I don't know - but the players seemed quite up for it, given some of the pre and during tournament comments I read. So they didn't appear to be lacking confidence.
I just don't see many players in our (Spurs) team being future England players. Looks like it will need a couple of the youngsters forcing their way into the squad to even think of seeing Spurs players at the World Cup (on the proviso we qualify - and if we don't buy English talent in between).