scotts Summer Of Football: Week 3 Review

Sport / July 9, 2018
by Aidan Jenner

That’s it folks. Week 3 of the Summer of Football has come to a close. Each one’s been better than the last. We’ll cut to the chase and get on with it. Here are our thoughts on the whole thing.

Is it our year?:

Only Croatia stand between us and the final now. Waves of optimism are gripping the country, every kid in the land wants to be Harry Maguire when they grow up, immaculate three piece suits are in vogue and everyone is getting on with each other. Let’s face it something pretty special is happening. Every round England make it through lifts the nations spirits just a little bit more. We haven’t been this together since, well since the last time England had a half decent side. After brushing Sweden aside it’s our biggest challenge yet this coming Wednesday. Croatia are a tough team. They’ve got physicality and flair, it’s going to be a test for Gareth and the lads. Fingers crossed.

Jordan Pickford:

That kid from This Is England’s done well for himself hasn’t he? Winning a penalty shootout for England. We’re just messing, but honestly Jordan Pickford has written his place in English sporting history over the past week with two incredibly fine performances between the sticks. Pickford, who is still relatively new to the England set up, made a blinding appearance against Columbia, saving two penalties to put us through. We thought it couldn’t get much better. We were wrong. The young lad made a few world class saves against Sweden on Saturday as well. A new national hero? We reckon so.

Belgium, the front runners:

It could be the case that Belgium are the team to beat after a tasty encounter with Brazil saw them progress with ease. In a game where we expected much more from the Samba boys it was the link up play between Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku that really impressed. Their passing was intuitive, their movement was intelligent and their composure was impeccable. With the expectations of a generation on their shoulders they seem to be coping well and Roberto Martinez seems to be getting it all right. We’ll see what happens.

End of the Road for Russia:

After a series of incredible games, the hosts fell short against Croatia. Their team may be out but Russia can be proud of having hosted an incredible tournament. In the face of security fears and criticism from various places the Russian FA have put together a tournament to remember. To add to that, their team, who were written off by many produced some of the month’s most memorable performances knocking out Spain and thrashing Saudi Arabia on the opening day. Russia, we salute you.

Is two better than one?:

With the game against Croatia around the corner the question is whether Gareth Southgate will look at changing his system at all? It’s no secret that Croatia have one of the most accomplished mid-fields in world football, boasting the likes of Modric, Rakitic, Brozovic and Kovacic. With that in mind it might be time to think about starting with two central midfielders rather than the lone Jordan Henderson who has seen out the tournament so far? There’s a possibility that if we stick with the same style we may well be passed out of the game with our threatening wing backs pinned deep. Has anyone got the solution?

 

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