Daniel Sturridge has promised more creativity, more goals, and more excitement when England face Iceland on Monday, insisting that the Three Lions just weren’t at their best against Slovakia in their final group game, as reported by Liverpool FC.
England were unquestionably very average against Slovakia, and despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession they were unable to really threaten the goal. It was a draw that may well have really caused them some problems going forward in the competition too, as instead of being on the side of the knockout bracket against the likes of Northern Ireland, Poland, Croatia, Portugal, Hungary, and Belgium, they will more than likely be facing France, and Spain or Germany (if they get past Iceland).
They’ll need to improve drastically if they want to get too much further in the competition, and Sturridge insists that’s exactly what will happen.
“If you defend well in 90 minutes, fair play to you,” he told a reporter on BBC One after Wales’ win over Northern Ireland (via Liverpool FC).
“And against Slovakia, they defended very well so we have to give them credit.
“Playing in a game like that, you have to be on song – and we weren’t on song. As much as we say we had the possession, we weren’t as good as we can be.
“We’re going to be better; we will be creative, we will score goals, we will excite people, we will have the fans with a smile on their face. Slovakia was a lesson.”
England fans will certainly be hoping for more goals, as while some of the performances so far haven’t been disastrous in every area, the lack of goals has most definitely been a problem. Hopefully Sturridge starts and is able to deliver the goals that he’s promising the fans.
He went on to discuss Iceland and the threat they could post, but sounded confident of getting the win.
“They have done amazingly to get here. That’s why we can’t disrespect them,” he continued.
“But we understand going into this game, if we play as well as we possibly can, we’ll win the game.”
You’d certainly expect England to get the win with ease, as with a population of just 300,000 Iceland are definitely the minnows of the competition. You can never be sure with England though, so nothing can be taken for granted.
A number of Liverpool players could be involved on Monday, but Sturridge seems the most likely to not only get a start, but also a goal or two.