FROM the setting of a Las Vegas bar I got ready to watch England’s opener against Italy amongst 100 or so other fans.
I was excited with the news of our line-up, but would have preferred to see Adam Lalana play instead of Jordan Henderson.
With Italy missing legendary goalkeeper Buffon, it gave me even more confidence of victory.
My pre-game prediction was an England 2-1 success and, being in the gambling city of the world, it would have been rude not to bet on it.
Sitting in the middle of the ‘Chelsea In America’ supporters group, we sang the National Anthem and football songs.
I jumped for joy and screamed like a girl when I thought Raheem Sterling had scored after only five minutes, only to be brought crashing down to earth as a replay showed it hit the side-netting.
England were playing well which was good to see – and my prediction seemed a formality.
But when Italy took the lead, it killed our momentum.
I thought Leighton Baines was exposed down the left and didn’t look like the man everyone says is good enough to replace England’s most capped full-back Ashley Cole.
With Baines having to deal with a two-on-one overload for most of the game, Italy’s winning goal came from a cross from his channel.
In order for us to progress, I want to see our top man – and captain – Steven Gerrard dominate the next two games in the manner he does when in the red shirt of Liverpool.
It’s not all doom and gloom though.
The way we played in general was good, and Spain lost their opening game on their way to winning the World Cup in 2010 . . .
12:00pm Sunday 4th October 2015
SEE the key moments as Oxford United won for the second time on the road in the space of five days with a 3-1 success at Accrington Stanley.
4:57pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
LIAM Sercombe scored twice in the final 11 minutes to give Oxford United their second away victory in five days.
6:08pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
1:56pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
All the news from Oxford United's trip to Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League Two.
9:30am Saturday 3rd October 2015
DANNY Hylton says Oxford United need to ignore the unique challenges posed by a trip to Accrington Stanley if they are to secure back-to-back wins on the road.
8:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
OXFORD United could name the same starting line-up for the fourth game in a row at in-form Accrington Stanley.
8:00am Saturday 3rd October 2015
THAME’S promotion to the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League has been approved.
7:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
SEAN Walkinshaw is targeting silverware on his first visit to Misano this weekend in the penultimate round of the Blancpain Sprint Series.
6:40am Saturday 3rd October 2015
TOM Avery returns as Oxford City Stars host Solent Devils in English National League South Division 1 tomorrow (6.15).
6:20am Saturday 3rd October 2015
ELLIE Broome won bronze for Kidlington & Gosford at the Nuneaton Open meet.