England is one of the favorites for the 2022 World Cup; only France and Brazil have better odds. The British lost Euro 2020 only in a penalty shootout. In the final of the World Cup 2018, the team was not allowed to the Croatians, but in overtime. We do not know how the match against the French is, but the Brits are more powerful than Modric’s squad in terms of lineup and capabilities. Talent comes in like from an aggregation line. Gareth Southgate learns from his mistakes, often the smallest ones. And this England has more will than a star team with Beckham, Lampard and Gerrard without a proper coach.
We understand the bookmakers and various analytics focusing on FIFA world cup betting. France and Brazil are quoted slightly higher because they have as many reasons. But on the eve of England’s match against Italy, which Kane mistakenly listed as a favorite for the 2022 World Cup, let’s look at the pros and cons of the Three Lions on their way to the dream of winning the extraordinary winter Mundial in Qatar. After all, everyone understands that even when England has many aces, the reputation works against this team. Dramatic defeats have always been possible.
Kyle Walker, James and Alexander-Arnold can play the right defense. Trippier, Shaw and Walker – on the left. In World Cup qualifying, Southgate has tested three dozen players. Gallagher, Sancho, Smith Rowe, Ramsdale, Abraham and Ward-Prowse all had minutes on the field, but they were nowhere near the main squad. Stones, Kane, Sterling, Phillips, Walker and Pickford played the most minutes. But Grealish, Saka and Bellingham, having played less, could be at the core in Qatar. Southgate has a classy selection of players, and it’s ideal for the national team – a lot of young and equivalent players.
Great coaches don’t always win at the national team level. Ferguson was not the best coach of the Scottish team in its history – he didn’t make the group at the 86 World Cup and finished last in the quartet with the Danes, Germans and Uruguayans. Southgate was the wrong guy, but he suited England well. Did they lose to Hungary unexpectedly? In the next match in Munich, where they once won 5-1, Gareth gave the ball away but managed to snatch a draw with the help of Kane. Those who don’t lose often get into the finals. England has learned that under Southgate.
When your bet is Harry Maguire in defense and Pickford in goal from the near-relegated Everton, the stars must come together for the world crown. England has no complaints about names – Trippier, Walker and Stones are world-class players. Maguire is cooler in the national team than he was at MU. Pickford can impress in a single match. But the Germans’ moments reminded us that the organization of the defense required an effort from the English side. A 10-0 thumping of San Marino can do the job, but in Euro 2020, they had to sweat it out.
By the end of the year, we need to convince ourselves and everyone else that England is ready to fulfill the dream of millions at the difficult 2022 World Cup. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them finish against the winner of the pairing of Argentina and Brazil in the other semi-final. But remember, Qatar has challenging weather conditions, and hosting the tournament in the winter will take its toll. Expect the final to be between Brazil and France, and you might get Germany and England instead – a European classic with an unpredictable outcome.