England is in desperate need of restoring their luster to get a long-awaited title

LONDON: In the world of football there is a long list of teams that have all the ingredients for glory on the biggest stage, but they only come down to the crumbs. And England, led by Gareth Southgate, is the latest addition to this unwanted list in view of the World Cup in Qatar, where the players will be tasked with putting an end to the English team’s hunger for titles. Ever since England won the 1966 World Cup, which took place on their soil, coaches such as Ron Greenwood, Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle and Fabio Capello have succeeded each other. None of them came close to achieving the title England wanted, as did Southgate, which led the team to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals when they lost to Croatia, and then led the team to the Euro final. 2020 at Wembley, where he lost on penalties to Italy. And if this upward trend continues, the England national team will return home from the Middle East with the cup and celebrate on an open-top bus around the capital. However, this is a great dream. Suddenly, the hope of the fans for the team led by Harry Kane, as well as for the players who shine in club major players in the English Premier League, it vanished, hoping that the team would return to its former glory. After the defeat to Italy, there was a sense that England has reached the point of inertia and that Southgate has become inclined to think too much, which could portend a decline in performance and not the other way around. The few months that preceded the World Cup were a lesson in not raising expectations. Since beating San Marino 10-0 at the end of a relatively easy qualifying campaign, England have not won six competitive matches for the first time since 1958, raising doubts about all positions. in field. In those games, England did not score on open play in six games except for the 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley in the last round of the Nations League group stage before the opening match of the World Cup in Qatar versus Iran. For all Southgate midfielders, the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka, England is still heavily reliant on Kane to score goals. Kane scored 51 goals in 75 games, followed by Raheem Sterling, who has scored 19 goals, and is the only player in the squad except for Kane who has scored double the number of goals. In defense, especially in the middle of the heart, England have not performed well, conceding eight goals in their last three games, while Harry Maguire is having a hard time, but has not shaken Southgate’s confidence in the Manchester United defender. In midfield, Southgate preferred caution, which negatively impacted the team’s offensive effectiveness. Southgate’s contract will run until European 2024, but he has stated that he will not continue after his contract ends. In theory, England has the potential for advanced roles in Qatar, but may need Southgate to drop his extra vigil to silence doubts about the team’s ability to finally win the titles. (Reuters)