Jamie Carragher makes his World Cup semi-final prediction
Jamie Carragher has given his view on England’s World Cup semi-finals, and noted that he thinks England will get past Croatia.
The pundit added that he thinks Gareth Southgate is someone who has changed the way England look at football, and that the manager is the right guy for the job – having proven a lot of people wrong when he took the job from Sam Allardyce.
He said to Sky Sports: “He has been superb. Every time he speaks, you listen to what he has to say and it always makes sense – at times in the past that hasn’t been the case. You can very rarely argue with the decisions he’s made, and there always seems like there’s been a lot of thought going into it.
“I think a lot of people, when he was given the job, thought he was just looking after things until someone else came in, he’s an FA man, he’s been in the system and he wouldn’t rock the boat, but he’s been a breath of fresh air.”
Many people think England will get through the semi-final, and Carragher agrees, adding that England will have to watch out for the danger men of Modric and Rakitic, but that Croatia aren’t full of top class players – and that England should manage to get through to the final, where they would of course face France.
“I think England will win 2-1. England are slightly better than Croatia, who don’t concede too many goals, but I think the change in the defence for Croatia will hurt them and I think England will be pretty much the same team.
“The only danger is Modric and Rakitic controlling the game, slowing the game down in midfield, but if England play anything near what they have done this tournament, I think they’ll just scrape through.”
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July 11, 2018 at 06:00AM