FIFA World Cup 2018: England young squad’s pressure will be eased at group stage
England has a very young squad at their disposal for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Most of the players in the squad have never been to World Cup. It will put a lot of pressure on the young guns, but their pressure will be eased at the group stage.
Three Lions are lucky to be grouped in one of the weakest group. England is grouped in Group G alongside Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia. Except for Belgium, they haven’t got a real competition in the group.
It makes England favourite to move to last 16 stage alongside Belgium from Group G. it will ease the early pressure on them of playing in a World Cup match.
England 23 man squad consists of plenty of newcomers. Jack Butland, Jordon Pickford, or Nick Pope, all three of the English goalkeeper will have their first test at World Cup. Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fabian Delph, Kylie Walker, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones and Kieran Trippier will also have their first World Cup experience.
Except for Jordon Henderson, midfield dynamo is also completely new to the World Cup experience or even to any big tournament. Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Jesse Lingard are also first timers in a tournament like World Cup. And even in the forward department, they have a completely new generation. Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy will also be playing in their first World Cup.
Only World Cup experience for England comes in Garry Cahil, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, and Ashley Young. It will be difficult for such a young squad without any experience to deal with World Cup pressure. However, for the first time, there won’t be extra pressure on England to enter the tournament as one of the favourite.
England would have struggled to move forward in the tournament if they would have to play tournament’s big favourites at the group stage. Players introduced for the first time to the World Cup are always nervous. It makes difficult for them to perform at top level.
Three Lions must make the most of the situation preparing themselves for the knockout stages. They are in an advantageous position in the group and they may finish even at the top in the group.
Gareth Southgate’s side will play Tunisia (June 18) and Panama (June 24) first before meeting with Belgium on June 28. Two great wins can make them favourite to lead the group. However, it won’t be a sure success to the quarterfinals.
England will have a difficult opponent at last 16 stage. Group G winner will play Group H runners-up and Group G runners-up will play against Group H winners. And considering Group H teams, none of the teams looks like an easy ride for the Three Lions.
Group H consists of Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan. It is really difficult to choose the best team in Group H. Any side from that group will be a difficult opponent for any team. It won’t matter whether England finishes Group G runners-up or winners, they’ll have to face a difficult opponent in Poland, Colombia, Senegal or Japan.
However, the pressure eased at the group stage on these young soldiers will definitely help them to come strong at knockout stages. A young guy only feels the pressure playing in big games before he sets the foot on the ground. England is lucky that their squad will start enjoying the pressure before the big games come into play.
England must feel that way. They will have to deal with Tunisia and Panama in early encounters which shouldn’t be a problem. Even few errors won’t make them lose those games. They must learn from them going forward. It’s a sure shot that this England team won’t be going home without making to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.