Can England football team win the World cup 2018? That’s one question which even the greatest of the football fanatics might struggle to answer. Unpredictability at its peak- that’s what you can call the English unit. But seriously, no one believed the England football team to even prance up to the quarterfinals, and here they are looking for a seat in the semifinals.
So, do they have a chance of lifting the world cup in this edition? Well, they can fancy their chances but considering the team that they would be facing in the quarters could crush dreams of lifting a world cup, if they had one from the beginning.
Here’s a look at the 3 reasons which prove why England football team won’t lift the trophy this edition
England’s struggle in the open plays
The three lions have really shown some content in this edition of the world cup by smacking down 9 goals in the matches so far. But, if you closely observe, you’d realize that out of those 9 goals, 6 have come in their match against Panama, who are the debutants of the World cup and at the moment placed at the bottom of the points table.
Furthermore, only 2 goals came under open play, while the remaining were either from corner kicks (4) or penalties( 3).
Now here’s some fun fact associated with those 2 goals – the first goal was more of a conjectural shot from Jesse Lingard rather than an aimed one, and the second goal could be termed as the stroke of tremendous luck from Loftus’ cheek, which after striking the rival goalkeeper’s foot made it’s way to the nets.
England football team would be in real trouble if they don’t work on their flaws else they might have to hop onto the next flight from Russia back to their nation.
Poor performances against strong opponents
We all are well aware of the fact that England football team ensured their only victories against opponents like Panama and Tunisia, with the former being smacked for 6 goals in their gameplay. Based on these two victories, one can’t predict whether England would win or lose in the game against Sweden.
Many football fanatics would agree to the fact, that the last time England did manage to win against a considerably strong opponent, was back in 2016 where they somehow managed to get the better of the former world cup champions, Germany in a friendly contest.
In this world cup, well they lost against a quality team like Belgium and edge passed the game against Colombia. England hasn’t exhibited any exceptional style of play in this World cup campaign.
The fact that they lost to Belgium which played without James Rodriguez, further puts the English unit to shame. They need to devise out some strategies that could help their team in taking on the greater opponents.
Do they even have a stand against Sweden?
There’s no denying the fact that, Sweden is perhaps one of the strongest teams, in this edition of the world cup. They plunged their way to the top 2 of their group stage which consisted of former world cup champions Germany and the party spoilers Mexico. One can make a quick guess as to how strong a team they could be at this point of the tournament.
And, if you compare the statistics of England and Sweden, you’d observe some contrasting features. The Swedish unit won 3 out of their 4 games while the English side managed to win only 2 that too against weaklings of the likes of Panama and Tunisia.
While England managed to smack in 9 goals, with 6 being of Sweden, their defence has been quite pathetic compared to the yellow and blue unit.
Also, till date, both the teams have battled out against each other on 8 occasions in crucial tournaments with 5 draws, 2 wins for Sweden and one for England. Well, let’s see which team manages to get the better of whom in tonight’s ultimate contest.