In a game awash with statistics, I wish someone would compile them to prove that passing back to the goalkeeper gives the ball away.

From my own observation it happens at least nine times out of ten. Losing possession is a cardinal sin so why do players pass back to the keeper and therefore lose it?

It is the soft option and when was the keeper the playmaker?

I say this despite Tim Krul’s long punt which Shola nodded on to Demba Ba, resulting in a ‘route one’ goal. Krul’s kick was hardly creative.

Another fascinating statistic would be to find out how many players are two footed? Again from observation, I would say not many.

Chances are missed, passes misplaced and tackles mistimed, when players are forced to use their weak foot. It also makes them so predictable as they invariably turn onto the strong foot.

This includes Wayne Rooney, supposedly England’s best. It amazes me that managers do nothing about these matters. Perhaps they are doing something in training but it does not show in the matches.