Alan Shearer has been on some journey this World Cup.
Comparing what he said on the eve of the tournament kicking off, to now after reaching the semi-finals and who knows…
The former Newcastle United and England Captain summing up what the rest of us have been saying/thinking.
A month ago, before a ball was kicked, Alan Shearer said (see below) that he just hoped England would not repeat the embarrassment of Euro 2016, when so feeble against Iceland with that early exit.
Shearer also warned that just getting out of the group would be tough in Russia, he also hoped that Harry Kane wouldn’t struggle as he did two years ago, the centre forward not scoring a single goal in France.
After beating Sweden comfortably and moving to Wednesday’s semi-final, Alan Shearer has declared ‘It’s coming home!’, the BBC pundit (read below) so confident that England have as good a chance as anybody to now go on and win the whole thing.
England of course qualified out of the group with a game to spare, have now beaten the very different challenges Colombia and Sweden presented, whilst Harry Kane is on six goals and realistically only Romelu Lukaku (currently on four) has any chance of catching him.
Alan Shearer says England have got the ‘momentum and team spirit’, so here’s hoping both he and the rest of us will still be belting out ‘It’s coming home’ on Wednesday night.
Alan Shearer – Wednesday 13 June 2018:
“I cannot make a case for us (England) winning it, or reaching the final.
“I also don’t think it will be as easy for us to get out of our group as everyone seems to believe either, but I do expect us to do that.
“What I want to see is improvement from two years ago, which should not be too difficult because the way we went out of Euro 2016 against Iceland was pretty embarrassing.
“If we can come away having given everything then I will be happy and I think the majority of fans will be too.
“It is a huge tournament for Harry Kane, especially because he struggled in France.
“He is already known around Europe but to put himself on a world stage he has to perform this summer.”
Alan Shearer – Saturday 7 July 2018:
“It’s coming home.
“We were professional and thorough (against Sweden) and every single player played their part, but Pickford was outstanding in goal when he had to be, when they got through our defence.
“It (Maguire’s goal) was perfect, all of it.
“The ball, the run, the timing and the header. It was magnificent. The keeper had no chance.”
“It is his (Jordan Henderson’s) workrate and his pressing, the drive for his team. Against Sweden, when it came to the ugly side of the game that some players don’t like doing, he was magnificent at that.
“I did not ever feel anything other than we were going to beat Sweden and get to a semi-final.
“I never felt nervous at all during the game, and that is how comfortable they made us feel.
“We have got a momentum and a team spirit that is just dragging them through.
“I thought this was England’s best performance of the tournament – I know they battered Panama but against Sweden they managed the game superbly well, and saw it through.”