As the highly anticipated Euro 2016 Tournament edges closer qualified nations across the continent will partake in pre-tournament warm-ups, notably Germany and England, who battled it out in a highly entertaining encounter which Roy Hodgson’s men prevailed. But here are a few key points as to why maybe the fans of England should not get to excited just yet:
The man in Charge:
Roy Hodgson, a man who has been in charge of England since May 2012, has had much criticism thrown his way when it comes to managing his nation in major tournaments and it comes to no surprise as his Euro 2012 campaign and 2014 World Cup campaign had very little to remember, apart from the humiliation of not even managing a win in their World Cup group and being sent home early. Whilst Hodgson has quite a successful win ratio with England it looks less than impressive when shown his opponents, with names such as San Marino, Andorra, Slovenia and Moldova appearing a fair few times.
Not only has Hodgson been unsuccessful with England, but his career in club level is nothing too much to brag about either, with his most notable experience being with Liverpool, where in the end he was relieved of his duties for being unable to fulfil his targets.
Finally, the players Hodgson has had at his disposal certainly does not help his case with the likes of Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Cahill and Rooney under his management during his reign, under performing and angering the nation. Below par performances from these players, and many others in his ranks, against Italy, Uruguay and even Costa Rica caused outrage from fans all over the country.
Too Much Youth?
England over the years have been a nation known for having too many ‘pre-madonnas’ in their squads and not enough youth coming through but does this England squad have just a bit too much youth to challenge In France. Despite England’s very young squad outdoing Germany on their own turf last night, it was no secret to any football fan that Germany did not have their strongest possible squad out, especially for the whole 90 minutes. But this doesn’t stop many believing that the energy and hunger the young lions have to be too little to go far this Summer, as performances from youngster Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have all been sensational in the Premier League this season.
Despite many roars and cheers for the youth to be set free in the Euro’s this summer, it would be no surprise to see the young lions crumble under the pressure of a tournament so highly regarded, especially when you look at the defences Harry Kane may have to overcome, the midfield battles Alli may encounter, and the attacks Dier may run into. Another youngster who has fallen out of the spotlight for sure is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. Raheem was touted to be England’s ‘next best thing’, and when he was called upon by Roy Hodgson to the England squad for the World Cup two years ago, it is safe to say that he didn’t have the greatest of tournament, with his most memorable moment being against Italy, with his flying effort hitting the outside of the net and tricking everyone into thinking he had scored the greatest goal in the tournament. Ever since the World Cup in Brazil he has had his prize move to City worth £49 million, but has unfortunately not lived up to the expectations many expected of him a few years back.
When talking of youth breaking into nations first teams and making an impact, you think of Mario Gotze for Germany, Memphis Depay for Holland and even France, who arguably have one of the best up and coming youngsters in world football in Paul Pogba. But all of these players, not mentioning the many more in the ranks of their nations, have been playing and impressing showing their worth consistently at both club and national level, whilst the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and even Danny Rose and Chris Smalling have only broken onto the season within the past two seasons.
Do you think England’s high rate of youth talent is good enough to impress and go far in the Euro’s? Do you believe Roy Hodgson Is good enough to lead England and his young lions to some sort of success?