The English national team made it into the round of 16 of the European Championship with two wins and one draw – and thus undefeated. Nevertheless, the performance of the Three Lions at home is seen as rather mixed.
The highly acclaimed English, who are blessed with many young talents, scored just two goals. After all, the young team around captain Harry Kane kept their own goal clean.
But the English one Eurosport-Editor Timothy Hobbs asks himself before the duel with the DFB-Elf: “Has the defense really been tested?”
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Above all, “the return of Harry Maguire and the presence of Kyle Walker are crucial. Even though we have a lot of Champions League experience in the team, this young team is still missing that at international level.”
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On the whole, the performance of the English team “can best be described as average. They have to show in a game for a long time that they can give full throttle. It was discussed whether the performances so far might just be ‘tournament football’ or clever Game management. But I think most of them would like the team to play more offensively, “added Hobbs.
After all, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka would have really surprised in a positive way, according to the English journalist. Their appearances “brought a breath of fresh air into the team, which otherwise experienced a rather overwhelming group phase”.
The talented English team has disappointed particularly offensively so far. “Maybe we have too much choice and too much talent in attack. We are just not used to having so many young stars in the team,” speculates Hobbs: “We also rely too much on the individual talent that we have so far Scotland have shown that taking England out of the game is not difficult. “
Harry Kane controversial in England
Kane is also still a big point of contention among many fans, he knows Eurosport-Editor report. “His performances sparked a nationwide debate. But can you really put the team’s captain, talisman and anchor on the bench?” Hobbs said. After all, a player like Kane can always be “decisive when it becomes important”. But a talent like Jadon Sancho, one of the most dangerous goal-scoring players in the Bundesliga, has to sit on the bench most of the time.
“In the knockout phase, there may be more space for the players to make a lasting impression,” said Hobbs. Maybe then Sancho will get his chance against Germany. After all, the Dortmund native is a kind of insider.
“Of course I know a lot of the German players. It is definitely interesting to see them wearing his national jersey,” said Sancho before the duel: “If I should play, I will hopefully know what they can or cannot do as well.”
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