Today is the day England face Croatia for a decorated place in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, something we have not achieved since the famous ’66 World Cup win!
There are some huge positives going into this match, the squad are so high on confidence. Pickford perhaps being the pick of them with some vital saves in the last two knockout games.
Harry Kane will be excited about the prospect of playing against Dejan Lovren once again. The striker has got the better of Lovren on a few occassions during the Premier League, let’s hope that continues in the same vein.
Raheem Sterling has been the talk of the media this tournament. We feel that the bad press is harsh, he is having a huge impact for England with his movement and pace. Many defenders fear players like Sterling, which means they will sit deeper, opening up more space for the likes of Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli to run into. The only thing he is currently lacking is a goal which would be huge for his confidence.
Our full backs could be key to todays fixture too. To date they have been very consistent defensively and have impressed with their delivery this tournament, most notably from Trippier on the right flank. If they can produce the performances they have been, we will be very dangerous from set pieces and aerial balls once again.
Another key battle will be in the centre of the park. Henderson will need to cope with midfield maestros Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. With Alli and Lingard supporting Henderson, we have the legs to over run their midfield but will need to press from the start, to not let their midfield dictate the play.
We feel that there is no point changing a winning team but as Chelsea fans would love to see Ruben Loftus Cheek appear in the game. The Chelsea midfielder has looked very impressive when featuring for England, his compuser and willingness to run with the ball has been exciting to watch. The other Chelsea player to feature in the England squad is club captain Gary Cahill. The defender has played in just one of the 5 games and looks like he will be an unused substitute for the rest of the tournament with John Stones, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker forming a great central partnership.
Let’s hope that the boys can get through this match and get one step closer to bringing football home!!