As long England learn to think ahead 2 steps, then they would be good. So many times I see them pass the ball and stop in a “well I did my job” mentality. They need to pass, knowing the step his teammate is going to take and on that basis, be ready to attack before the other team know. They only see what’s ahead of them instead to thinking ahead.
Maybe England wants the highest received passing rate %.
I think they way England set up wont favour Croatia. England have a lot of pace in the team and there back 4 have looked poor at times, they’ll play to flood the midfield as its were their strongest, Modric, Rakitic & Perisic are unplayable at times but we’ll see. England need to be at 100% as its definitely there biggest test yet.
Guys it is a quiz (here in Norway and I can win a Tissot Tour de France special edition watch ), about how many times Belgium have been in the world cup finals, is it 0, 1 or 2?
Does someone know this?
They’ve qualified for the World Cup on 13 occasions as @GTAJJ states however they have only advanced to the knockout stages in the 1990, 2002, 2014 & 2018 WC’s (which would be 4) but it seems that answers not there either so im confused lol?
To add more confusion before 1986 the tournament layout was different there were 2 sets of group stages which was even more weird
@ingrobny In that case its 0, I got confused with your post as it send world cup finals (which is what they refer to as the final tournament after qualifying)
I’ve been watching England at major tournaments for the last 20 years and this is the only time I feel that every single player in that starting 11 can come back with their heads held high and be proud of the performances. They’ve been the best ive ever seen England play at a major tournament
While we are on the subject, imo a big part of why England has been trash at world cups is due to the huge amount of foreign players in the premier league. Atleast lately we finally see some native players shining in the league, which automatically improves the national side.
What does that even mean? my point was I really got into football around 1998 and can remember that tournament, ive watched England at every tournament since and this is the best ive witnessed them play (and might I add the furthest) they’ve reached in that time.
And don’t give it the old ‘well England have only played pub teams’ or ‘England haven’t played anyone decent’ you can only beat the teams that are put in front of you. Belgium being the exception as he did make 8 changes.
What kind of logic is that? England have done good enough to go to the semifinals, many said they wouldn’t even make it this far, so they have played beyond many peoples expectations, is England good enough to beat Croatia, France or Belgium? I don’t know, nobody knows that yet.
This is what I value more than good fotball, I choose results over performance and I think England are doing the same, but I can’t deny the biggest test will be against Croatia tomorrow .