Germany Pose A Big Challenge To England
As the World Cup approaches, the pressure on the English football team will grow fast. The problem with England is that they have always somehow been involved in some form of controversy, that has resulted in them getting knocked out of the big tournaments.
The Beckham red card, the freaky free-kick by Ronaldinho and Lampard’s goal that was deemed not to be a goal. Are all examples of the weird occurrences that have followed England’s journey towards claiming their first big tournament win, one which has remained elusive for much longer than anyone would care to remember.
Tomorrow’s match with Germany will be the first indication of whether or not Hodgson’s men have what it takes to progress deep into the World Cup that is being held in Brazil. However, Joachim Low is set to rest many of his German stars, so the game will not be a reflection of the challenges that the English will be facing in Brazil.
Germany one of the favourites to take Spain’s title
But seven out of the eleven players in Germany’s side tomorrow played for either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final in May. The quality in the Germany squad is a solid reason why they will be one of the favourites to take the title from Spain.
Hodgson will have a few headaches, the first related to his goalkeeper. Joe Hart who has been the England number 1 for a while now, but he has lost his place in the Manchester City team. If there is one player you want to make sure has has time on the field in competitive matches it is the player with the gloves on his hand.
Hodgson’s midfield doesn’t look as strong when compared to older squads, and by the time the World Cup comes around it would be no surprise to see Lampard and some of the more experienced internationals fill the positions again.
While England are in a transition period, the quality of players coming through is not as high as it once was. Or maybe we were spoilt by the likes of Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard and Scholes all playing in the same era.“We know that there has been a transition period and we are working towards improving our game and Germany are one of the teams you look at,’’ said Hodgson.