Former England Captain Confident In World Cup Team
England hit the pitch for their second World Cup match against Uruguay on Thursday June 19. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses in their opening matches, and are attempting to scrounge up some points ahead of their final group stage games.
Though England fell 2-1 to Italy in the opener, former team captain Gary Lineker says the current squad should remain confident. Statistics compiled by FIFA show that England completed nearly 90 percent of 267 passes in their opening match, a greater percentage than any other team in Brazil – something Lineker says is unprecedented for England at the World Cup.
Lineker understands the pressure of representing the home country. During his time with the national team, Lineker scored 48 goals before hanging up his English cleats following the Euro Cup in 1992.
The former striker sees a lot of promise in the young squad managed by Roy Hodgson today, and encourages all the rising stars to remain committed to perfecting their game.
“England played some really good football. Sterling was exceptional. He took people on, he is strong, quick and dangerous. England have got some terrific young players coming through.”
Despite losing to Italy, Lineker encourages Hodgson to use a nearly identical lineup against Uruguay tomorrow. He believes Sterling should remain one of England’s top point men on the outside attack as the 19 year old played exceptionally well against Italy.
According to Lineker, Hodgson could keep Sterling on the attack with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. The three forwards can provide support for Daniel Sturridge, who many English football experts bet on remaining the team’s top striker in the opening round.
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