Who will win the Nations League?

Following the back of England’s most successful World Cup since 1990, we have to now turn to the future and ultimately where the current crop of England stars will be strutting their stuff next year.

Southgate and the English Media team managed to create a feel good vibe with this young cohort of players. This was backed up through stellar performances, before and after the World Cup. Recent highlights include a 3-2 win over Spain and the 2-1 win over Croatia last week. But can we go all the way in the inaugural Nations League final?

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Croatia v England: Match Preview


Here we are, at the World Cup semi-final. Very few people predicted that happening. Many expected the same melodramatic soap opera of England going out early on, and it all being due to Sterling and Lingard being too cocky, or the lack of coaches. While England have only beaten inferior sides on paper, their run of games is an indirect result of how many larger international sides have struggled recently. Italy and Holland, among others, failed to qualify for the tournament; Argentina almost achieved that feat. If anything went differently, even a flinch of the players’ bodies, Spain and Portugal could’ve been knocked out by Iran in the group stage. Germany were knocked out to Sweden and Mexico then.

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World Cup 2018: Rough Guide to Belgium National Team


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Belgium find themselves facing Japan tonight in the round-of-16 having finished top of England’s Group G with a maximum of 9 points, 9 goals scored and only two conceded. For years Belgium have had talent within their ranks but have always failed to gel on the grandest stage (much like England of days gone by). But their golden generation appear to finally be clicking under Roberto Martinez and with many nations faltering, Belgium look to have excelled and their fans have every right to dream about lifting the trophy in Moscow.

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World Cup 2018: Rough Guide to Egypt National Team

salah.pngAn overview

We have all come to talk about Egypt. As you all know, they’re a dark horse for the World Cup. They probably won’t end up winning it. Did you know that between 1947 and 1952 they were managed by two Englishmen consecutively? That ends our in-depth discussion.

In all seriousness, most of Egypt’s hopes rest predominantly on one player: Mohamed Salah. Without him, they scored no goals in either of their two pre-tournament friendlies, against Colombia and Belgium respectively, conceding three in the process. Their last goal against even a top-150 national side was a stunner out of nowhere from Salah, putting them ahead against Portugal; they managed to lose this game 2-1 after taking their talisman off, and then conceding two in second half injury time.

Before we go on, if you spot any egregious errors, or have any thoughts in general, don’t hesitate to let us know at Dictate the Game.

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World Cup 2018: Rough Guide to Uruguay National Team


Uruguay are an extremely exciting prospect for Russia 2018, their disappointing results at the 2014 World Cup were largely put down to Tabarez clinging onto the old guard but that’s been amended this time round. In 2014 their squad consisted of just 1 player who was 23 or younger, Jose Giminez, a stark contrast to this campaign which sees no fewer than 5 in this category. There has been a clear attempt from Tabarez to rejuvenate the national squad and prepare the next generation of La Celeste. Tabarez has transformed this once faltering Uruguayan side into a team to be reckoned with, if you want to find out more about how he managed to do so then you can read about their revitalisation here.

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World Cup 2018: Rough Guide to Croatia National Team

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An overview

How long will the old guard stand strong? Croatia’s World Cup squad has a host of recognisable names; not least captain Luka Modrić, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona duo, Mateo Kovačić and Ivan Rakitić respectively. While this means little in isolation, their wealth of experience is demonstrated by the fact that only 11 out of their preliminary 24-man squad have under 30 caps. By contrast, only six members of England’s squad have 30 caps or over!

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