The media make it very hard for England, the expectations are ridiculous and as Alan Shearer said today, they see things in only black and white, England are either awesome or completely useless. Watching last night's game and trying to be objective, England really weren't bad, they were by far the better side, the USA were far poorer. Capello is by far the best manager England have had for some time, he doesn't serve up the dross that the likes of Hoddle, Mclaren and Eriksson did.
Some players did very well, Heskey was outstanding throughout the game, holding the ball up with power and strength. Others did not, Robert Green showed why he is a very mediocre keeper with a horrific Fabianski style error. Lennon and Wright-Phillips showed pace but no brain, Rooney was rather anonymous. Capello can only do so much with this group of players and injuries to Barry/Ferdinand have definitely made things harder for him.
England started well, there was a drive early on, the problem was that an one nil up they didn't seem to go for the jugular and the USA eased their way back into proceedings. However if it wasn't for Green's howler it most likely would have been three points for England, the USA didn't create a great deal in terms of proper goal scoring chances.
In conclusion it wasn't that bad, it also wasn't that good, that's England for you. Capello can only work with what he's got and I think he does a pretty good job on the whole. Capello cannot help the fact that we lack creative passing players in our midfield and that we lack a real top drawer goal scoring striker who can lead the line. One must face the fact that international football is rather low in quality and entertainment compared to the top club football, so don't expect too much from England and you won't then get so dissappointed.