Former captain tips England to win World Cup

by Wade Massey July 3, 2018, 10:08
Former captain tips England to win World Cup

It is a mouth-watering opportunity for England's young squad after promising Group G wins against Tunisia and Panama, when performances as much as results helped bring about renewed positivity around the national team. This carried on all the way through Rooney's worldwide swan song at Euro 2016, where he served as captain of a team that was deservingly eliminated by tiny Iceland in its first do-or-die match. So often spot-kick contests have been England's nemesis at World Cups and European tournaments - 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004 and 2006 competitions are riddled with such painful memories.

"At the moment I think I can score every time we play". He was England's best player in both tournaments, neither of which went well, and was undoubtedly Beckham's successor when it came to relentless media attention away from the field.

"We were driving back to our hotel in Malta with some obscene chants being thrown at us from supporters. The manager's come in with great ideas, the formation suits as perfectly as a group of lads", Lingard said (via Sky Sports). They are young. They are inexperienced.

Rashford, though, sees it as no different to any other aspect of the game - something to be worked at, refined and delivered under pressure.

Southgate was asked after the 1-0 defeat against Belgium in Kaliningrad whether his players had started practicing penalties and he replied the process had started in March rather than cramming in everything over a matter of days.

His career was overshadowed by the penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shoot-out against Germany, but he has used that to back up his message to the current squad not to leave the pitch Tuesday with any regrets.

"If you don't feel comfortable you have to be honest with yourself".

"You feel you are going to get chances and that feeling helps you find chances". You mustn't be inhibited.

"As a group of lads, it is a young squad but we still have those experienced players in there and the team spirit is wonderful at the moment".

However, for the Tottenham star lifting the World Cup is more important than individual honours.

England manager Gareth Southgate will be trying to lead the Three Lions to their first World Cup knockout win in 12 years with victory over Colombia.

"Maybe it's a trap we've fallen into in the past", he said. "The challenges do step up now. We know our ranking of players, but there is a lot of football before we get to that point". "It's a very good test for our team", Southgate said. There is a quiet confidence brewing in Sweden, with fans starting to believe Janne Andersson's team is performing at a level it has not achieved since 1994.


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