Chuffed to bits. All this talk of lucky draw tickles me. IF we played......(insert name of GOLIATH football team, any one of those sat home watching) we would lose is clutching at straws. Scraping the barrel for a reason to moan. Have we played well? Not really, what is the age old adage abiut winning when not at your best?
Thing is all these GOLIATHS, have in one way or another been put out by the teams left. Football is not played on paper that's why we all love this game. Naysayers, stop turning over stones to justify your negativity, to prove yourself right. Just sit back in your armchair and enjoy the ride, best showing in 28 years.
Sterling is a dilemma, first touch poor, finishing poor, pass selection poor, crossing poor. That said however he does have pace he does have skill and he definitely occupies the thoughts of the defenders. Why on earth did he not pass to Englands best finisher? The opposition do have to respect him for that reason alone I'd leave him in. Alli and Lingard combined beautifully for the second so perhaps that will prove a timely boost to their confidence and we can see more of what they are capable of. Maguire, I did not watch hardly any Prem football last season so I was like who?, has impressed me some.
Sweden being crap? well if not for a couple of great stops by Pickford I would not be watching videos of England fans singing coming home.
Truly fun stuff to be this far in the World Cup AND still have a REAL interest I'm just going to enjoy it. My gut feel though is we are just one mighty clanger or fat envelope VAR decision from going home.
Who do we want? Croatia worries me because of their ability to put together a special moment but I am more concerned about the spectre of facing the home nation with our history of going out to "suspect" refereeing.
That said, if we can bank on a level playing field with the officiating then I think Russia is the one I would rather face.