Thursday night was a very good night in Gothenburg.
They imposed their style of play on Bojan and co., keeping them outside the box, where their shooting rarely troubled Harty. We're not used to getting out of our group so quickly, everyone was delighted and on the journey back to the hotel after, everyone was in high spirits.
Before the tournament began, Stuart Pearce said that playing out here was a real opportunity, not only for the players to win something, but for them individually to enhance their own reputations.
Mark Noble did it last time in Holland, making his debut just before they flew out and, like James Milner, continues to inspire the side from the midfield. They are both massive driving forces in this team.
This time around we've already seen a number of players make the most of their chances. Martin Cranie might not have even been in the squad had Pearce been able to pick the likes of David Wheater and Steven Taylor, but he has performed very well in training and in the two wins so far. He's been solid, his passing has been assured, he's looked confident and also showed his adaptability, filling in at centre back when Michael Mancienne saw red against the Finns.
In central midfield, Lee Cattermole - a top lad in his off-pitch double-act with Craig Gardner - has covered more ground in the two games than anyone else. Tenacious, but with the eye for a pass, he's hungry for success here and wants something to show for the team's hard work over the last two or three weeks.
Up front, we know all about Gabby and Theo, especially after the Arsenal flyer came on to scare the life out of the Spanish. But we also have Fraizer Campbell, a stylish goalscorer who probably warranted more than his ten Premier League appearances for Spurs last year. Coming off the bench in both games so far, his left-foot strike in Gothenburg was smooth, crisp and delivered with precision. Something he is capable of with both feet - I've seen him do it in training.
I think Kieran Gibbs' experience at the Emirates towards the end of the season was the first step towards super-stardom, and he's such a nice, polite and down to earth boy, he can go a long, long way if he stays on this road. The way he has looked over here; quick, solid defensively, energetic going forward and a left foot that many can only dream of, is a major positive for England's future at Under-21s and even senior level.
But a player who has given me more pleasure than any is Fabrice Muamba. He's always been a good player to have in the side, but talking to the journalists here before the first game, they were speculating on their starting line-ups. Muamba was in as many as he wasn't.
It's not just his performances on the pitch though - a hard-working Patrick Vieira-like display against Finland, bettered against Spain when he made the evening a nightmare for Bojan. As well as that, he is a very nice lad.
He's often in our office in the hotel having a chat with us and seeing what we're up to. He's softly spoken and is certainly thoughful, sending home some of the pictures I've taken of him in training.
And what's more, he's young enough to play in the next Under-21 Championship in 2011. Along with the experience in Sweden, adding to his Premier League appearances with Bolton, and before that Birmingham, will only help develop this young man.
But like England in this competition, two good games doesn't get you what you want. It takes more than that. And for these players it doesn't stop there.
The players are learning to cope with tournament football it seems. Not just the matches but what goes on in between. In training they have looked very good and in their spare time they've relaxed, focused on winning.
It really does give you hope and belief. It's an exciting time, and one we should all make the most of. Don't forget! You can follow England’s campaign in the Finals with TheFA.com who will be with the team all the way in the Finals.
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