Raheem Sterling is the Niklas Bendtner of England. He can't score, but he has some strange curse that makes everyone else around him score.
Take him off for Rashford? Hmmn... not sure. Rashford has better finishing, but Sterling is cursed to make everyone around him score.
I THINK what it boils down to... is the opposition teams keep thinking.... "Z'OMG... Sterling is due a good match... follow that guy Mr. Defenders!"...
Little do they know this isn't likely to happen so it's some sort of Gamblers mentality... where some poor fuckwit always bets on Black on the roultette table... not understanding that your chances of it landing on Black or Red are EXACTLY the same after each spin...
Game was very exciting, and the players were exhausted after the 120 minutes.
I would love to see a Belgium Vs. Croatia final.
France and England can battle for third place.
Good luck to Croatia. Hamstring injuries don’t heal that fast. Their goalkeeper’s extra time heroics (because honestly that first goal was a joke) will have to take a break and make way for the backup now.
It looked like Mandzukic was in extreme pain. I hope they pulled Perisic only to keep him fresh for England. They will need his swashbuckling runs.
That said, I think Croatia can pose a threat still just with Ante Rebic, Perisic, Modric, Rakitic, and maybe Mandzukic if he can rest enough.
England are going to be 100% though. Not an even fight.
France vs Belgium... Rot predicts France...
Croatia vs Englund... EEENNNGGERRR__LLUUNNDD!!!!...
France won’t have it easy
France won't have it easy, indeed. These are very similar teams: France is the thinking man's Brazil, whereas Belgium carries on the Benelux style of play with a decisive update on their Tottenham-made defense. In my opinion, less obvious things will decide this game.
Things like choosing Lloris, a goal keeper, for Captain, which is a better choice, than having a moody forward like Hazard be bothered with this duty. Or like allowing Kanté's wizardry to remain invisible, instead of creating attention, thus putting too much pressure on another mood-swinger like De Bruyne, who, moreover, had an exhausting season with PL's #1 this season.
There's also the clever system of "rotating attention", which France developed. Instead of one Lukaku carrying goal responsibilities, Les Bleus shift attention from game to game. One time it's Mbappé's speed, another time it's Griezmann's apathy and the next time it's Giroud's self-conceit that scores/assists.
Finally, there's Deschamps' Word Cup experience, which far outmatches that of Martínez, in fact, the latter is a nobody within international tourneys and a quasi wild card within Belgium's national team, which by the way never won a WC or an EC before.
One could probably parry all of the above assumptions and give similar to the benefit of the Duivels, but to make tl;dr short, if luck won't decide this game, I think France will.
I think the game will be decided on whether or not Matuidi plays on the wing, as the formation says, or if he takes a role behind Kante, letting Pogba play a Attacking Mid position behind Giroud. Pogba playing an advanced role is much more deadly, and no clue why Matuidi is listed on the left wing.