Since Beckham's last freekick goal for England and before Trippier's freekick last night Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney and Eric Dier all scored freekicks for England.so help me out please! i dont want to spread rumors! whats wrong?
they had this info on sky sport news hd GER! hm...
Up to this point I've been convinced that, looking back in a years' time, my first thought would be "what an effort that was, they did so well" - but now I worry that it'll be "what a chance they had to get to a World Cup final"...
...but then, if we HAD won, then lost to France (which we 100% would have done), I'd have been looking back and saying the same thing anyway - "what a chance they had to win the World Cup"... Which just goes to show how stupid us football fans are. Never truly satisfied.
James Richardson's Totally Football Show (podcast) made me feel better on the way to work this morning, talking about the class and the experience of a few key Croatia players (Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic). England just don't have that, and when you factor that into it, you come back to the realisation that England's World Cup was much more "lower league team get to FA Cup semi-final" than "Premier League team fail to reach FA Cup final". And that's okay, because they're young, and it's a hell of an achievement.
Here's hoping the likes of Pickford, Trippier*, Maguire and the like get the experience over the coming years to develop and become as important as those Croatian players in the future. Sprinkle some creative midfield players in there too (totally agree with @Dennis_87 regarding Shelvey) and we'll have a realistic hope, if not a realistic chance.
*My new favourite England player.
But it's nice to be proud to be English again. Even if just for a fleeting moment.
Here's hoping for a fantastic final.
@mattmid , matters mate, as ever thoughtful and insightful, and to add more question marks about an optimistic future for England. Just think of how much easier, if possible, England's Euro and World Cup qualification groups will be with their higher FIFA rank after a run to the semi-finals ?You'd have thought we were the one's who'd had two extra time games beforehand. There'a a general feeling of happiness at getting this far and that we can progress from this but without wanting to spoil the mood, ultimately it was the same as usual. We met a half decent team without their best player (Colombia) and almost went out then we met a decent team in Croatia and went out.
I honestly thought in that second half that Croatia wanted it more, I couldn't believe they could keep that effort up and carry it on into extra time. Perisic was non stop and I thought the one that hit the post was going in. Is it just me or did we tail off in almost all our games? Hope they can win the final now, but it seems a step to far against that French side.
We supposedly have a lot of young talent coming through, I just hope one of them is the creative midfielder we badly miss to glue this team together. Oh to have a Modric.