The England football team is slowly learning the ropes, and they are showing that the methods in place behind the scenes are working. England have a lot of young players in their World Cup squad, but instead of drilling into them what they have to do on the field, they are being left to play with freedom, and that is something that we are seeing pay off.
The complete opposite of this approach is something that Germany have tried ahead of the World Cup and something that has failed for them. Ahead of the tournament, the World Cup betting from Betfair had Germany as second favourites to lift the trophy, with England much further down the list. However, things have not worked out at all for Germany, and they went home after finishing bottom of their group.
Just like England, they had a lot of youngsters in their squad, but these players have been brought in to play specific roles and replace those that have gone before them. That is the one key difference between the two setups, and something England will hopefully never do. The Germans are going to have to have a re-think about their strategy because the one they went into the World Cup with clearly didn’t work.
The players brought in by the England team have been allowed to play their own ways, and England have adapted to their needs. This has changed the way the team plays from defence to attack, and it has certainly led to the players being a lot more comfortable when out on the pitch. Defender Kyle Walker is a prime example of this, he plays as a full-back for Manchester City, but because England are playing the ball out from defence, he is playing at centre-back for England. Walker has looked comfortable in that position, and his ability to pick out a pass has certainly helped the defence clear the ball in a much better style.
A recent 6-1 victory over Panama showed what can happen when this England team clicks going forward. We saw Harry Kane grab the headlines with a hat-trick, but this was a complete team performance where everyone played their part. From getting the ball down on the floor and playing out of defence, to controlled play and creativity in midfield, all the way up to Kane in attack putting the ball away, it clicked.
The choices that England have made when bringing in new players into squad have been very good. This has allowed the players to play their own style of football, and ease into the international scene without too much pressure on them. Whether or not this approach brings success is still to be seen, but the foundations have been laid properly by England, and they have to be praised for that. After seeing the youngsters join up with the senior team and flourish, anyone in the youth teams should be excited at the opportunity they are going to get in the coming years.