We’re halfway there… as the famous song says. It is time for my review of Group D
Group D: Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Scotland
Although Croatia is a relatively young country, they have an amazing football history. Silver medalists from the last World Cup, Croatia is seeking redemption and will be more than determined to win the Euro. And when you look at their team, you know they have the chance to do so. Modric, Rakitic, Lovren, Brozovic, Rebic, Kovacic, etc., are world-class players who won everything with their respective clubs. Manager Zlatko Dalic has been in charge since 2017, so his team and ideas are established. This tournament will be the last chance of this golden generation to shine. Midfield maestros Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric are likely to retire until the World Cup next year. A golden medal from the Euro would be a perfect farewell.
The Czech Republic is a country with great traditions in football. The Czech Republic is a team without big stars but full of commitment and spirit. The average height of the team is high, and they are a real threat in the air, making them very good at set-pieces. Both Matej Vydra and Tomas Soucek finished the season in great form, so if they can continue it the Czechs can surprise the 2 favorites in the group (Croatia and England). Plus, they have extra motivation against England: Czech Republic’s worst defeat was against England in March 2019. Czechs lost 5-0 at Wembley.
Do I need to say anything about the quality in this England squad? As always, the tree lions enter a big tournament as one of the favourites for the title. It’s like a vicious circle for them: enter as favorites, “Football’s coming home”, exit the tournament early, start hyping the next tournament. Of course, they broke that circle in Russia in 2018 and reached the semi-finals, where they lost to Croatia. England now looks to seek revenge against “Vatreni”. The big bonus for all football fans will be that we’ll get to see England vs Scotland at Wembley, and by June 18 when the game takes place, the fans will be back at the stadiums in England at 100% of the capacity. Just imagine the scenes…
Scotland and England were the first two countries to form a national football team. The first-ever official football game was between them in 1872. Scotland has a great football history with amazing players. This may not be their best team, but they still have players representing some of the biggest teams in the world such as Liverpool and Manchester United. They are a team full of warrior that will never give up on the field. Statistically, they are the worst team in this group, but if someone enters a game against them with the idea of an easy win, they will suffer.
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