Euro 2012 is finally over with Spain crowned as champions but before we turn our attention to the coming season, here is a video we have created with some interesting statistics about England from Euro 2012:
England never really found a rhythm and struggled to keep possession in this tournament. The highlight was the match against Sweden where the goals scored were of a high quality; Gerrard’s ball and Carroll’s header were an immense combination, whereas Walcott came on and changed the game with a powerful curler and a burst of pace to set up a great flick from Welbeck to win the match.
Despite these disappointing statistics, there is reason to be hopeful of the future. Hart (25) is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and with Jones (20) and Smalling (22) we have two of the most promising defenders who also play together at club level, in addition to Young (27), Welbeck (21) and Rooney (26).
To fix the problems of possession, in midfield we have three players who have a very promising future; Wilshere (20), Cleverley (22) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (18). They all seem at ease on the ball and could provide the midfield vision to gel the team together (let’s not forget Walcott who’s only 23 and also deserves a mention).
Throwing in Kieran Gibbs, if the players mentioned continue to play for the same club sides, we could have an England squad with a strong core of Man United and Arsenal players. With all these promising players, where many play together at club level, the next generation could be something to seriously challenge other national sides.
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