England played against Croatia in its final international match for 2018 and the result was what Gareth Southgate and his men wanted. To atone for their semi-final defeat against the same team, England scored two late goals to win the game by two goals to one.
No doubt, 2018 was and it will be regarded as a fine year for England after it reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990. While every team member played a crucial role in England’s success, there are some players whose efforts just propelled the team to the next stage at key moments in matches.
Below, we take a look at some of these players. Note that you also have the chance of picking who you think was England’s best player when you visit NetBet.
2018 was a breakout year for Harry Maguire with the national team. Even though Harry has been part of the England setup for a few years now, it is in 2018 that Harry Maguire put in the sort of performances which justified his inclusion in the team.
Maguire managed to marshal the England defence impressively especially during the World Cup. In addition to doing a good job at the back, Maguire was also an effective member of the team in the opposition box as he scored some crucial headers. If his confidence remains, then Harry surely will be part of the England setup for many more years to come.
Joe Gomez started off the season impressively at his club and he took the same brilliance to the international level. Playing as Harry Maguire’s partner in recent England matches, Gomez has looked at home and not intimidated.
At only 21, Gomez hasn’t reached his peak yet and if he manages to continue growing at the pace he is, then surely has a huge asset in Gomez.The beauty of Joe Gomez is that he is not only comfortable in the centre of defence but he is equally comfortable at fullback hence he is a great asset for any manager.
When in England colours, Raheem Sterling has time and time again showed that he has a lot of potential. However, he hadn’t until this summer’s World Cup showed what he is really made of when playing for England. Sterling dazzled and terrorized defences throughout the whole tournament.
The only criticism leveled against him during the World Cup was that he was not clinical enough. That has however changed if anything from England’s Nations League games is anything to go by.
The captain will always get the credit if a team performs superbly at a major tournament hence why we include Harry Kane here. Kane was the captain for England at the World Cup and he finished as the top goal scorer at the World Cup. Though most of his goals came via the penalty spot, there were nonetheless very important as they aided England to progress to the further stages of the World Cup.