AsiaDespatch.org – England started their Euro 2020 adventure with a pretty convincing record with a narrow win against Croatia in the group stage. Now, Queen Elizabeth’s country is indeed one of the seeds in the four-year tournament. Then, how did Wayne Rooney respond when asked to predict England’s progress at Euro 2020?
Success Gets the First Three Points
With the material of several young players, the England national team looks at the competition Euro 2020 optimistically. England are actually placed in a difficult Group, along with the Czech Republic, Croatia and Scotland.
But in the end, in the opening game of this quadrennial competition, Gareth Southgate’s men managed to steal the perfect point.
Against Croatia, England got tough resistance from the team that knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup. Nevertheless, Harry Kane and colleagues still managed to collect three points. Raheem Sterling scored the only go of the game and that goal automatically won the Three Lions.
Rooney predictions Prediksi
Since the beginning, England has indeed been one of the leading countries to win Euro 2020 this time. The victory against Croatia seems to have sharpened the spurs of the team managed by Gareth Southgate. Many people began to predict England’s fate in this tournament, including their own former players, Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, who previously played for the Three Lions team, now sees his country as having a special power at Euro 2020. The former Manchester United player even believes England will pass the group stage.
However, Rooney still warned the England national team players, that more difficult obstacles will await in the knock-out phase.
“Winning that game (vs Croatia) is something extraordinary.” Rooney told Sky Sports, as reported by The Sport Review. “Croatia are a great team, and winning against them will let the players enjoy the group stage. They can be more comfortable in the game against Scotland later.”
“Scotland of course will not be an easy opponent, but after winning (vs Croatia), I think England will easily advance to the next round. That was the moment where I thought there would be difficulties for England. Moments where you have to face France, Portugal or Belgium, some top tips.”
“It’s true that England have a lot of quality in their squad, it’s just that I’m worried about the lack of experience. The fit Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson will be very important because they have an important role in the future. In terms of quality, England are to be reckoned with, and they have a big chance.”
Fall Phase is More Difficult
What Rooney said about a bigger challenge in the knock-out phase does seem to be true. In the group phase, England National Team only faced a few countries whose strength was less calculated, such as the Czech Republic and Scotland. Croatia might be the only country that will trouble the Three Lions a lot.
Meanwhile, if Gareth Southgate’s squad advances to the next round, then they must be prepared to meet more vicious opponents. There are France and Portugal, last season’s finalists, there are also Italy and Belgium who come with strong enough strength. Germany, the Netherlands and Spain should also be included in the list of countries to watch out for.
A Flashback to Rooney’s Career in the England National Team
Wayne Rooney’s name itself is of course familiar to football lovers, especially English football lovers. The man who is now 35 years old has played for several teams, including the England national team. Rooney made his international debut in 2003.
To date, Rooney has recorded around 120 appearances in various events with the England national team. Of the 120 appearances, the player was nicknamed “Wazza” managed to pack a total of 53 goals. Rooney’s name even topped the list of all-time top scorer The Three Lions.