The City striker scores the only goal and offers the most danger, while Foden goes from high to low and Kane is far from his best version. Mount completes the offensive cast of the ‘pross’.

Sterling, after scoring the only goal of the afternoon at Wembley.AFP

The value of England is in its attack, in which everything can be found: speed and the goal of Sterling, the cherry of Mount, the experience of Kane and all this gathered in the emerging figure of Foden, the platinum blonde of the ‘pross’. It was the initial English poker. If they do not work, as happened with the last two, there are high-level spare parts, even a 17-year-old footballer, Jude Bellingham. The elections of Gareth Southgate They will therefore be the key to his future in this European Championship that starts with victory against Croatia, although with little goal for so much dynamite. Need more. [Narracin y estadsticas (1-0)]

With his new look, tabloid stuff, Foden showed up at Wembley in a big way. In minutes, he received, he made room on the defense and threw to the post. From then on, it was turned off. It was a storm-threatening lightning bolt under the London sun. Thunder followed, with Sterling and Mount in command, but Croatia resisted to wait for the haze, the slow pace, the thick football in which it interprets the times so well. It gave him to arrive calmly to rest, but not to repeat it in the second half.

The two teams that faced each other in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, with victory for the Croats, had changed almost half, since in the two eleven there were six players from then in each of the teams that jumped to the Wembley lawn. In these transformations England has gained more, by the incorporation of Mount, Foden or Kalvin Phillips, a great midfielder shaped by Marcelo bielsa at Leeds, while Croatia lost to masts like Rakitic O Mandzukic. However, the script has not changed at all, with the command of the two teams of the same men, Soutgate and Zlatko Dalic.

Phillips’ appearance

Since their meeting in 2018, the English, representatives of football on the rise, have fared better. Three of the four finalists in European competitions have been Premier teams. The two that played in the Champions League, Chelsea and Manchester City, are the teams that contribute the most footballers to this European Championship. Nothing is accidental.

The arrivals of Sterling, the biggest agitator despite being a doubt for Southgate, was added the push from Philips in the media. Although in Leeds, Bielsa uses it in a positional way, with the selection he takes off the hook and looks out into the area, where he is a danger by power and by vision. The first was demonstrated in a volley in the first half repelled by Livakovic; the second, by offering Sterling the first goal pass, shortly into the second half.

The action started in Walker and the bad reading of Kovacic allowed Philips to intervene. The performance of one of the two English pivots was commendable, developing it in an area where Croatia plays with Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic, no less. The leader of the Madrid game did not have enough prominence to turn the game around. The second went to the bank and Croatia was at the mercy of Kovacic’s push. Is not the same.

Problems creating occasions

When the Croatian team managed to temper the game after the English start, it evolved through the bands, occupied by Vrsaljko Y Guardiola. It is not the first time that the former offers the duality of not only appearing in the Attica and shining in the selection. Ask Simeone. The second rojiblanco footballer in the match was Trippier, but this time, circumstantially, on the left wing. Gvardiol is one of the last good Croatian finds, which disputes the Euro after having played the sub’21 version weeks ago. He is not the only one in Dalic’s team, with many problems creating chances. Perisic, who threw high, had the best. Petkovic, a tank striker, was the alternative, without fruit.

The English production was higher, but also without the clarity desired by Southgate in the definition, except for the goal of Sterling. Kane is not the one from the World Cup. It is slow, imprecise. Foden, missing since the first time, left his place to Rashford. Soon after, I entered through Bellingham for Kane. Later, Sterling also left the field, despite the shortness of the result. The ‘pross’ have level forwards for various teams. Finding the right one at each moment is your challenge.


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