England vs Sweden would be one battle than English fans would saviour until the years to come. England making plunging their way to the semifinals after a wait of 28 years was really an emotional moment for the team. The country erupted in tears of joy following their nerve-wracking victory in the captivating contest. In the process of making history, few facts from England vs Sweden contest have cropped up, that will surely leave not just the England football fans, but to the football fraternity to some deep thinking.
3 mind-boggling Facts from England vs Sweden contest that you shouldn’t miss out!
Take a bow, Jordon Pickford!
This man is the reason why England pranced its way to the semifinals. No doubt, the offence did play a major role in getting the lead over the oppostion, yet if it hadn’t been for Jordon Pickford, and his scintillating saves, the outcome would have surely been in Sweden’s favour.
What’s shocking, is that during the group stages and even before the quarterfinal stage, there were few eyebrows raised regarding Jordon Pickford’s selection. It was only in the knockout stages when Jordon exhibited some nerve-wracking saves which led the management to zero it down to Jordon.
In tonight’s contest, it could be said that without Jordon’s contribution in the saves, surely the match would have landed in Sweden’s favour. He was instrumental in 2 massive saves. The first save was off a header from Marcus Berg, following a perfectly timed cross from Emir Forsberg.
Luckily, Jordon was able to save his team from the smacking header by prancing on the bottom left corner and made use of his left hand to fend off the ball to some distance. The second save came in the 2nd half of the game when Berg shuttled the ball to the nets, only to see the ball getting pushed away by Pickford’s finger.
Will the Englishmen get their hands onto the trophy this edition?
well, following their victory in the one of a kind contest, now there’s a very strong possibility that England could lift the trophy in this edition of the cup. English fans believe it too!
Obviously, they’ve got to support their home team. After all, the England football team has given them so much to cheer for in this riveting yet challenging battles from the start of the World Cup season.
Though there have been some flaws in their style of play, with less open play goals, comparatively weak defence, and a mentality that is inclined more towards a draw than a win, still, they know their abilities and how to make the most of them.
Even England’s manager Gareth Southgate would want the team to take home the trophy in this edition. But only wishing a World cup trophy, won’t get them anywhere. If only they have a strong inner desire for it, backed by an ability to convert that urge or desire into taking the necessary actions, then they surely have their chance of liting a cup
No over-reliance on any single player
As expected, England didn’t create opportunities to score from the open play. One player whom the people might have expected a goal at least, would the English captain, Harry Kane. Though he was instrumental behind many noteworthy passes and crosses, in the entire duration of the game, he probably failed to dish out what was expected of him.
Luckily the team didn’t rely much on him to exhibit a top-notch performance in the form of a goal or a two. It was pleasing to witness the remaining players realise the roles they were expected to exhibit way too early in the contest.
Though England have booked a seat for themselves in all the more difficult battle, the England captain would be expected to unveil some of his match-winning prowess in the much crucial games to come.