Joe’s pre-match preview: England
Ok, I thought I’d give my, well, thoughts on how the game might go.
England come into this match after the 6-2 win against Iran (that you can read about below) and their squad seem full of confidence and happy people, which can never be underestimated in a short tournament.
England looked quite different to how they did in previous tournaments, where we saw them be very slow and stodgy and look like they had stones in their boots.
Instead, we saw them play their usual game of ball possession at the back, but with an explosive (and decisive) twist: Southgate’s side were happy to keep the ball in deep areas and slowly watch Iran creep forwards like sneaky lions, and when England saw they had enough space in the middle – BANG – they would pounce and find the wide players: Saka, Grealish, Rashford and even Kane at times, who would all exploit the space Iran were tricked into giving them.
It looked very fun and England obviously scored more goals than most people have fingers on one hand, but the context of the game must be taken into account: poor Iran had bigger fish to fry and, if we’re honest, didn’t look in the right headspace for a World Cup group game.
The big question then is: can England still play the way they did last time, against a USA team that will look to scare the heebie-jeebies out of them?
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