Without a win in six games, England open the Cup waiting for goals from Kane

Without a win in six games, England open the Cup waiting for goals from Kane

Experiencing a very bad moment in the results obtained on the field, England is the first of the world champion teams to debut in the Qatar Cup.

The opponent, this Monday (21), is Iran, at 10 am (Brasília time), at the Khalifa stadium, in the capital Doha.

The team led by coach Gareth Southgate, who had been performing well in important tournaments, arrives at the World Cup with a sequence of six games without a victory.

The negative series (three draws and three defeats), always in League of Nations matches, resulted in the relegation of the English Team in the continental tournament.

The last time England went six consecutive games without a win was almost 30 years ago, in 1993, with three draws and three defeats. One of the draws (1-1) took place against Brazil by Carlos Alberto Parreira, who would win the tetra in 1994.

The current scenario is unexpected for a team that had been doing well under Southgate’s management, with the semifinal in the 2018 Cup, in Russia (it would end up in fourth place), and the runner-up in Euro 2020 (played in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic). ), losing on penalties to Italy in London.

The Euro was the best opportunity that the English team had to break the lack of titles that has lasted since the 1966 World Cup, when they overcame Germany in the final, at home.

To end the bad phase, England is betting on the goals of striker Harry Kane, 29. The Tottenham player was the top scorer in the 2018 Cup, with six goals (three of them from the penalty spot). He is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 12 goals.

He must enter the field with the captain’s stripe in the colors of the rainbow, symbol of the LGBTQIA+ movement, in protest against the host country of the World Cup, which condemns homosexuality.

English fans are also placing hope in the performances of Jude Bellingham, 19. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who defends and attacks efficiently, is one of the candidates for best young player in the World Cup.

In addition to England, of the countries that have already won the Cup, six are in this year’s tournament: Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, France and Uruguay. Italy did not qualify.

Iran, one of the unlucky players in this Cup, will be satisfied with a draw against the English.

The other teams in Group B are the USA and Wales, who play each other at 16:00 (Brasília time), at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium, in Al Rayyan.

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