Posted by thethreelions on June 22nd, 2012
England entered the 2012 Euro’s with low expectations, as well as a fresh new look, but so far are showing a lot of promise for the future. England entered the tournament with a roster featuring new names, as well as a brand new coach. But what could of helped the team the most is that for the first time in a long time the spot light, and all the high expectations to bring a trophy home wasn’t there. While their game play hasn’t been anything phenomenal, they are showing moments of brilliance, having scored five goals and conceding three. But what might be the most note-worthy isn’t the goals, but who and how they are scoring them. In the 3-2 win over Sweden last week, all the goals were scored by players under the age of 24. England have been dominated at times this tournament, but more importantly have executed on the changes that they have had. What was once a more run down, older English national team is now getting a stronger youth cast to help support players like Wayne Rooney. England have always been a little more of a defensive team, but now players like Danny Welbeck, and Andy Carroll (in the air) provide options to help produce goals for the team. While England is far from being the world’s best team right now, they have the talent in their young players, which is something they haven’t had since the early 2000’s to really help in making them a strong contender for the Euros and World Cup’s in the coming years. And this tournament provides a great testing ground to figure things out, because of the lack of expectations that are on the team.