Glenn: We Could Have Done It

Glenn Roeder says that if England had stayed ahead until half time he couldn't have seen a way back for Brazil in the World Cup quarter final.

Analysing England's exit from the tournament, he says: "I am really disappointed, especially as we were on top of the first half - and in football, the first goal is so often the decisive one.

"We deserved the goal when Michael Owen stuck his chance away really well. Although it came via a mistake, he seized on the chance to punish them, and I couldn't see them getting an equaliser.

"It is an old saying, but goals change games and the complexity of them. If we had gone in at half time still winning I think we would have won the game.

"But Ronaldinho showed some typical Brazilian skill, unfortunately, and Rivaldo just took a split second to size up his chance for their first goal.

"He made it look easy, but it was a difficult chance, and he saw one possibility of where he had to put it - albeit that he took it perfectly.

"As for the second, it was unfortunate from England's point of view, but I am sure, from looking at his body shape, that it was a misplaced cross.

"Unfortunately, the game will be remembered for that and missing the opportunity to capitalise on Brazil having a man sent off."

As for West Ham's three England combatants, Glenn adds: "Trevor has really advanced his reputation as a player on the international stage and I am sure Sven-Goran Eriksson will use him many times in the European championships.

"Everything is before Joe Cole - he did well to get into the squad at the age of 20, and of course he had a little taste of action against Sweden.

"David James will be disappointed not to have played but he will battle back - it has been terrific for all of our three players.

"And let's not forget, either, that Michael Carrick only missed out on getting into the squad because of his hernia injury which led to an operation."

MD Paul Aldridge says he is also proud of the West Ham players that were on England duty, and says: "We were delighted to have three representatives of the club involved on World Cup duty, and it is just a shame that England didn't advance any further.

"Now we wish the trio a relaxing and well-deserved holiday - they have earned it."