Euro 2016: Is England Lacking A Genuine World-Class Player?

When you look at the majority of these national sides, all have that one player a class above the rest… Do England really have that?

  • Portugal have Ronaldo
  • Wales have Gareth Bale
  • Pogba for France
  • Eden Hazard or Kevin De Bruyne for Belgium
  • Robert Lewandowski for Poland
  • Spain have the luxury of a multitude of world class players in each position (except for up front)
  • Germany are quite similar to Spain in regards to have multiple world class players
  • Arda Turan for Turkey
  • Ibrahimovic for Sweden
  • Luka Modric or Ivan Rakitic for Croatia

And the list goes on.


Lacking a match-turner, but there’s hope in Vardy

England seem to be lacking in that player that can produce a piece of magic and turn a potential loss into a draw or a potential draw into a win.

Jamie Vardy is having a breakout season at the age of 29 and seemed to have the Midas touch especially in friendlies coming up to the Euros.


Sturridge injury-prone, and Rooney is past his best

Daniel Sturridge is certainly one of the most skilful English players and one of few that can beat a man. If he can stay fit, he is certainly someone England can call on when times are tough which he showed against Wales

Wayne Rooney has been at the forefront of this England team for quite some time now and has previously been head and shoulders above any other of his countrymen.

However, his decline has now levelled him out with the rest of the England squad and with no doubts that he can produce on his day, the regularity and probability of it happening has decreased drastically.


Not necessary, but would definitely be beneficial

There is nothing wrong with not having a squad with a star player, Italy and many others before them have proved that but with the growth of the Premier league and wealth of quality players, it would seem that England should have a stand out player.

They could potentially already have one within their ranks, it’s just a question of will we see it on the football pitch.


Written by Jonathan Roberts

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