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 . . .
4:26pm Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORDSHIRE’S Bradley Smith was third fastest after the first day of free practice at the British MotoGP at Silverstone today.
3:40pm Friday 28th August 2015
GREAT & Little Tew’s promotion hopes were given a big boost when tomorrow's scheduled opponents Dinton handed them a walkover.
12:00pm Friday 28th August 2015
JOSH Ruffels believes the increased competition in midfield has made him a better player, even though he is not getting in the side.
9:30am Friday 28th August 2015
ALEX MacDonald is working on making improvements in his game after admitting he is suffering a frustrating start to the season with Oxford United.
9:20am Friday 28th August 2015
ON the final whistle tomorrow Oxford United will know without consulting the league table whether they are ahead of schedule, or playing catch-up.
9:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United are cautiously optimistic ahead of the results from a scan on Sam Long’s injured ankle today.
8:30am Friday 28th August 2015
DAVID King will be included in Oxford City’s squad for the first time as they host bottom side Weston-super-Mare in Vanarama National League South tomorrow afternoon.
8:00am Friday 28th August 2015
OXFORD United supporters are being encouraged to dig out shirts from the back of their wardrobe to take part in retro day.
7:30am Friday 28th August 2015
WANTAGE Town boss Daniel Barry believes his side are underdogs in tonight's derby at home to Didcot Town in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round (7.45).
7:30am Friday 28th August 2015
YEOVIL Town will head to the Kassam Stadium in a very different mood after claiming their first win of the season.