Date: 2nd June 2007 at 12:52am
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Alan Smith, Wes Brown and Michael Carrick all turned out for England against Brazil tonight at Wembley.

First, I’d like to state that I know a player’s value should not be judged upon how he performs for Steve McClaren’s England team. Nobody performs to their true potential currently as the former United assistant manager is clearly out of his depth.

That’s well documented but we still cannot hide the fact that a glorious display against Roma aside, Alan Smith’s looking slow and clumsy since his comeback from the horrible injury he had picked up at Anfield.

The striker has been included in the starting eleven against Brazil but once again, he failed to convince me he’s able to regain the sort of from that had thrilled us in 2004 when he had kept the team’s season alive almost single-handedly.

He’s lasted an hour and barely touched the ball. He was off the pace and could not find space among the Brazil defenders. I fear for his United future as he’s one of my favourite players due to his commitment and attitude.

Wes Brown’s been used as a substitue and his only notable contribution was slipping in front of the area, thus allowing Alfonso Alves to pounce – fortunately, the Heerenveen striker missed the chance, saving us from further embarassment.

Michael Carrick did not touch the ball during his 30-second cameo – it’s a bit ironic for me as I think he was the only player from the United contingent (in the absence of Wayne Rooney) who could have made a real contribution to the cause.

Congratulations to David Beckham and John Terry for the first Wembley goal though!