Man, watching this England/Sweden game and the Swedish defense sucks. I love Ibrahimovic but the Swedish side just has no one to help him out. They were up 2-1 at around 60 something minutes but all of a sudden England scored two quick goals. Ugh.
I really don't want England to advance but they probably will
The back 6 of Sweden played severely below average today. I dont really dislike England, but they will get what is coming to them against Germany or Spain. The English players just lack the touch to compete with the likes of those two and others. It has been this way since the 80's. Sure they have had runs, and it only takes one lucky run, but it will be tough especially since the greatest strength of the English players are to impose themselves and run up and down the field, with the exception of Rooney, who I feel can legitimately play in any system. Those types of tacicts won't hold up against the best teams in the world: Whose tactics are to control pace with excellent side to side ball movement.
Furthermore, based on a poll done by fox soccer, roughly 52% of English football fans would like to see a "cap" on foreign players that can play in the BPL. The reason being some feel the best English players lack chemistry, whereas the Spanish and German players get to play together often at club level within certain systems. The exception would be the French players, who are found all over the place. IMO its a terrible solution, and I highly highly doubt something like that would even happen, but it just goes to show how desperate some have become. If the English want a real solution, IMO it starts at the youth academy, just look at Brazil and Argentina.
Edited by serenityy, June 15, 2012 - 02:13 PM.