Whenever England embark on a World Cup campaign, their journey is preceded by a lot of hype and unusual fanfare. Fans are always hopeful of a 1966-esque miracle, even though they know the harsh realities. England might have scraped through against Tunisia with a late winner last night, but this game has clearly showed their failings once again. So here are 3 reasons why England will fall short in the FIFA World Cup – yet again.
1) Chokeslam Without Kane
Yes, this is the ultimate truth. England are more dependent on Harry Kane than any other side has been in recent history. Yes, Sterling and Rashford are good players, but let’s be honest – Kane is the be all and end all. Last night, this point was further proven. If it was not for him, England would have stuttered to a 1-1 draw against an unrecognisable Tunisia and the media would have started obituaries a-la The Ashes!
2) Heading South With Southgate
Even though England did very well in qualifying, Southgate has not been the most inspiring appointment. Yesterday’s injury time winner only added further weight to this point. For long periods of the game, England were abject and the media were sharpening their tools! England need to perform much better to have any chance in this tournament.
3) Plenty Of (Big) Fish
If Tunisia caused so much trouble, imagine what the Belgians could do! Belgium looked imperious against Panama and would be licking their lips against this England defence. With teams like Germany and France waiting in the advanced rounds, it could be really hard for England to even make the semis. Let’s be honest, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker are not exactly world class defenders! If De Bruyne and Hazard find their flair then god save the queen!!
To sum up, if England make it past the quarters, it would be quite an achievement, since they do not have the ingredients to win such an event. As much as Harry Kane tries single-handedly, there’s only so much he can do! They need much more in attack – how they wish Jesus was on their side!!