Can Gareth Southgate and his young side bring back home the World Cup?
1. Fact sheet
|First international game||0-0 vs Scotland|
|Biggest win||13-0 vs Ireland|
|Most capped player||Peter Shilton (125 caps)|
|Top scorer||Wayne Rooney (53)|
|World Cup participation(s)||1930 – Did not enter
1934 –Did not enter
1938 – Did not enter
1950 – 8th place
1954 – 7th place
1958 – 11th place
1962 – 8th place
1966 – Champions
1970 – 8th place
1974 – Did not qualify
1978 – Did not qualify
1982 – 6th place
1986 – 8th place
1990 – 4th place
1994 – Did not qualify
1998 – 9th place
2002 – 6th place
2006 – 7th place
2010 – 13th place
2014 – 26th place
2. Memorable teams
England is about to play their 14th World Cup and of course will be looking to repeat the only success they’ve had in the home tournament in 1966. Their most recent and successful campaign was in 1990 under Sir Bobby Robson. Last two matches was a complete failure for the Three Lions – going out in the group stages in Brazil and on ⅛-Finals against Germany in South Africa. Memories from the World Cup win in 1966 are long gone as is the so-called Golden generation of the English football with the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and many others. The crop could not deliver under a few different managers and now the new young intake will be hoping to avoid repeating the same thing. Young English fans have only watched documentaries about Sir Geoff Hurst hat-trick against West Germany that brought the title in a 4-2 extra time win. The likes of Sir Bobby Charlton and others from the memorable team are long retired so it’s there to be seen whether new English generation can deliver on a big footballing forum yet again.
3. How did they qualify
England enjoyed nevertheless still excellent qualification campaign as it was for Euro 2016, but they again failed to deliver on the forum. Gareth Southgate’s men recorded 8 wins and 2 draws in their group. England managed to score just 18 goals but they were pretty solid at the back. Tottenham icon Harry Kane was the top goalscorer and his goals and form would be again crucial in Russia.
4. The coach
Gareth Southgate – Born in Watford, he is not having rich managerial CV but enjoyed successful playing career. He took over the leading team after being U-21 England manager. He replaced the controversial Sam Allardyce in September 2016 and recorded successful campaign before the World Cup, but is to be seen whether the young coach can deliver on the more important forum.
5. Players to watch
Harry Kane – current Tottenham captain and most goal-scoring English footballer in recent year, Harry turned out to be England star player as well. The 24-year old is having 12 goals for 23 caps and is already became nation’s captain. His impressive goalscoring record for Spurs made him one of the best strikers in the world currently – 102 goals in 143 apps till the beginning of April 2018. For the calendar 2017 he finished with 55 goals in 52 matches which was really remarkable. Just before the tournament, he committed his long-term future to Tottenham too.
6. Strengths & Weaknesses
|1. Harry Kane’s form||1. Goalkeeper’s position|
|2. Solid defence||2. Fail to break teams when under pressure|
|3. Wide players
|3. Dependent on Harry Kane’s form|
7. Expectations + betting tips
In their group, the central question for England would be whether they will manage to win the group or Belgium will do it. Failure to go out to the knockout stages for the Three Lions would be disastrous knowing that Panama and Tunisia lack the class of Southgate’s men. If you do believe that this would be finally English year, betting on them to win the cup is going to be rewarded pretty lovely – 17.00.
Prediction: England To Win World Cup
8. World Cup 2018 games
vs. Tunisia, 18/06
vs. Panama, 24/06
vs. Belgium, 28/06
For thorough information about all teams and stadiums check out our Russia World Cup 2018 article.
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