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 amazing football history. Silver medalists from the last World Cup, Croatia are seeking redemption and will be more than determined to win the Euros. When you see their team, you know they have the chance to do so. Modric, Rakitic, Lovren, Brozovic, Rebic, Kovacic etc., world class players who have won everything with their respective clubs. Manager, Zlatko Dalic, is at the helm 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 so a gold medal from the Euros will be their perfect farewell.
Czech Republic is a country with great football traditions. Though they’re a team without big stars, they are full of commitment and spirit. The average height of the team is high and they are a real threat in the air and are very good at set pieces. Both Matej Vydra and Tomas Soucek finished the season in great form, so if they can continue to do so, the Czechs can surprise the two favorites in the group (Croatia and England). Plus, they have extra motivation against England who gave the Czech Republic their worst defeat in March 2019 by a 5-0 margin at Wembley.
Do I need to say anything about the quality in this England squad? As always, #TheThreeLions enter a big tournament as one of the favorites for the title. It’s like a vicious circle for them. Enter as favorites, “Football’s coming home”, exit the tournament early, and then 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 will 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 in stadiums in England at 100% capacity. Just imagine the atmosphere!
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 is not their best ever team, however, they still have players representing some of the biggest teams in the world such as Liverpool and Manchester United. A team full of warriors that will never give up on the field. Theoretically, 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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