U English they are the Chicago Bears of international football. Although they essentially created the sport, and still have one of the largest fan bases, they sat and watched each other pass by as the game changed and evolved, always clinging to what they believed in, all the while beating. on his divine right. to attention and success. And much like the Bears, they have only one singular championship worth singing about, which becomes increasingly weak and irrelevant in the rearview mirror. And as a fan of both, I think I’ll see how I’ve gotten in this way and I’ll report this to all the people close to me going forward to explain whatever photos are soon to come.
It’s really something that England only have the 1966 World Cup to claim. Even worse, there wasn’t even another final! There was a pair of seeds (the last World Cup was 1990, Euro 1996). But this is the country with the largest league in the world, and the richest, so you might think they would have gathered more.
Some will tell you that Premier League status has retained the national team, as more and more clubs are spending only on foreign talent that develops English players. But there is always an excuse in favor of England’s failures. They didn’t have enough talent, the talent didn’t suit (the Gerrard-Lampard-Rooney years), the manager almost chased them in every big game (Sven-Goran Eriksson), the Germans were aliens (1990, 1996, 2010), the Portuguese traitor (2004, 2006), the director is a different idiot (Roy Hodgson), and he leaves.
There is an element of truth in all these of course, yet none of them come to the great trouble, which is that for all the talent which England boasted of in the past, they were not only at the same technical level as the so rivals. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard. Wayne Rooney, the others of the last generation of gold were all wonderful players, but they were more bloody and lightning fast than those who were able to pick up and dance their way through the defenders. Which is how the English really preferred their football though.
That is no longer the case. None of the above excuses apply to this England team, except maybe the manager is an idiot (we’ll get to that). England is flooded with talent, at least on the attacking end of the field. So much so that Jadon Sancho, the guy who scored 37 goals and 41 assists in the Bundesliga before his 21st birthday is unlikely to make amazing training. Or maybe Phil Foden, probably the most exciting player 20 years or less in the world right now, won’t be either. Or Raheem Sterling couldn’t, who was one of Man City’s best players the previous three seasons. Or maybe Jack Grealish, the most infamous player in the Premier League and one of his most dangerous players in the world with the ball at his feet. Dominc Calvert-Lewin, who has scored 29 goals in the past two seasons in the Premier League, is a definitive backup. Before being injured, Trent Alexander-Arnold, one of the world’s foremost defensive defenders, was basically given a place only to prevent fans from complaining. England will certainly not need him and will do well without him.
And unlike previous generations of talented England teams, this one is technically sound. On the ball, Grealish and Foden are just as good. Harry Kane has become a complete striker, keeping Tottenham from being a complete laugh (well, close at least) to being not only his best scorer but also his best passer. Mason Mount was the creative force for the team that won the Champions League.
England will also have the advantage of playing every game, saving the quarter-finals, at home. No other team will receive such a boost, but that only counts if they can make it to the semifinals, which should be the minimum for this team.
But this is England. They would always shoot him They would always shoot him. So how could this time? Well, you’ll notice that a number of talents are in the forward half of the field. The defense is still good, and John Stones has been a revelation this year, but not by any other standard. And it may be bad because Harry Maguire, not sure of betting himself on the best of days, might not be healthy enough to start the tournament. Which probably means manager Gareth Southgate, at least at the start, will return to a 3-4-3 formation to replace Maguire’s absence, leaving fewer points for the plethora of weapons he has in front of him.
In a 4-3-3, Southgate could easily slot Mount, or Foden, or Grealish to the point of midfield three, or even two of them if he really had a wild hair on his ass. This will allow speedsters like Sterling or Sancho or Rashford to side with Kane and extend the defenses. It would be terrifying for most teams to face. But in a 3-4-3, that No. 10 spot doesn’t exist alone. It allows Kane more space to dig deep and pick passages for the wing or for the wing, and Reece James and Ben Chilwell / Luke Shaw should have no trouble bombing forward. But that could leave Tyrone Mings or Ben White completely isolated, and that’s a problem against the better teams.
The other question is Southgate itself. The type of work landed on him when Sam Allardyce had fun coming out of work, but Southgate won everyone by that race to the semis in Russia. But England has come through a bunch of set-piece goals and some last-ditch defending defenses, which won’t work here. And England are capable of more, perhaps for the first time. Frankly, this is a team that is destined to go full kick of heavy metal, and even Southgate hasn’t shown they can get their foot off the brake. As the games became tighter, England would have to rely on their attack more than their defense.
England among the favorites
Whatever the case, they simply won’t get a better chance of a trophy than this, given the home games. Yes, you can tell that so many players are so young and maybe they will be even better in two or four years. But that’s the case here now and England are right between the two or three favorites. But again, this is England.
It won’t get the nerves of England without favors that first on the menu is Croatia, the team that finished its run at the last World Cup. And telling them it’s not really Croatia itself will probably not help. Yes, Luka Modrić is still here, and on a given day he can still look like the guy who helped drive all those Champions Leagues for Madrid. He’s also 35 years old, and N’Golo Kante has just shown how a mobile midfielder can practically wipe him out of any game. Ivan Rakitić is no longer here, and the turnover of the next Croatian team has not always been good. Milan’s Ante Rebić may be a spicy striker, but that’s almost all Croatia has to offer. Mario Mandžukić is no longer here to lead the line. That will probably be in the hands of Bruno Petković, who has just had a nine-goal season in the Croatian league. Monster, it’s not. Dejan Lovren could also start on defense, and it was a calamity in anticipation when he was young. The midfield can still be fierce with Modrić, Marcelo Brozović and Matteo Kovačić, but you can find they really feel that way comes the end of his tournament.
Let’s just say, there’s only one game that’s going to matter Scotland. It was the match against England in the second group game at Wembley. The Scots may be able to defend and force their way into the second round, but this is not even a dynamic team. They had to switch to three backs just to pat two left ears into the team in Kieran Tierny and Andy Robertson, who are his two best players. They scored a goal in two playoff games against Israel and Serbia and won two penalties to get there. They scored 16 goals in 10 qualifiers before, and 10 of those were against San Marino. Don’t look at Scotland for fun. Stay for the beer though.
U Czech Republic it’s one of the few international teams that tries and holds pressure all the time. They also struggled to score, but ended up giving up just six goals in seven games in qualifying after being completely outscored by England 5-0 in the first game. They also held Belgium to a 1-1 draw in qualifying for the World Cup, but supported them by losing to Wales. There aren’t many names here, but defense alone will make things tough for everyone.
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Euro 2021 starts on Friday 11 June