‘England can go all the way’ – Harry Redknapp gives his insight ahead of tonight’s semi-final
Tonight sees England go head-to-head with Croatia in the World Cup semi-final in what will be the biggest game for the England national team in 28 years. Both teams are vying for a place in Sunday’s final against France, where, if they are victorious, England will be World Champions once again for the first time since the historic 1966 team.
First, though they need to defeat a stubborn Croatian team, who have the likes of Real Madrid star Luka Modric in their ranks. The entire nation will surely have sweaty palms and all fingers crossed for tonight, and one man who will be watching on in hope like the rest of us, is former Tottenham and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp. Having already backed England for a successful tournament before it even got underway, Harry has reiterated his belief that England really can go all the way.
“I think it’s going to be a tight game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see extra time and penalties. I think England could take the win in extra time or even penalties, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 1-1 after 90 minutes. But, I think England have the superior strength in depth and that will tip the game in our favour.”
Many players have impressed for England during this competition. Spurs striker, Harry Kane, leads the way in the race for the Golden Boot, Jordan Pickford has demonstrated heroics in goal and Harry Maguire has been formidable at the back.
Harry says it’s nice to see a real team effort in the England camp:
“Harry Maguire has been amazing at the back, he’s excellent. He has defended well, is dangerous at set-pieces and comes out with the ball superbly. Jordan Pickford in goal has been great, but really everyone has done well and there is no one person you can pick out as it has been a real team effort. Gareth Southgate has also been great, everything he has done has been right. Including picking the right team, and keeping a positive mood in the camp, so everything is on the up and let’s hope it continues.”
“I also think Harry Kane is the best centre forward in the world, the leader of the line. I’m not saying he is Messi or Ronaldo but as a centre forward there is no one better. His all-round play is great, obviously the goals he scores, and he is simply a great player.”
Prior to this World Cup getting underway, there was plenty of controversy surrounding Russia being awarded the tournament in the first place. From concerns about hooliganism to people worried about whether it was safe to travel given recent news. However, the event hasn’t seen these issues rear their ugly head. Harry said that Russia have hosted a great occasion:
“It’s been a great World Cup, everyone doubted Russia to host it, but there’s been no trouble, and a happy occasion for everyone who has travelled there and enjoyed the matches. I think Russia have done a great job in hosting the tournament and despite current affairs you have to give them full credit where it’s due.”
Whatever happens tonight, England can return home from this World Cup with their head held high. They have exceeded expectations and restored faith in the national team that has somewhat lacked over the last decade. However, for now fans will be praying that the team can finish the job and bring the trophy home again!
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