EM 24: England Slovenia and Denmark Serbia in the live ticker

EM 24: England Slovenia and Denmark Serbia in the live ticker
EM 24: England Slovenia and Denmark Serbia in the live ticker

England disappoints again – and crazy scenario for second place

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That could apply to the Swiss. Germany’s late equaliser put them in the bottom half of the table – unlike Spain, Portugal, France and Germany. And if the English slipped down a place here too, they too would be among the favourites. What would that be then? The half of the table of death?

Kane wins a corner. Trippier brings it into the middle. Somehow the ball gets to Foden, who tries it from long range. It’s a desperate move.

Slovenia and Denmark currently have the same number of points. They also have the same goal difference and their match ended 1:1. This could lead to the strange scenario that the number of yellow cards decides who comes second. At the moment, that is Denmark. But every caution can change that.

The game is on. Are the English perhaps still keen on football?

The English coach brings on young Mainoo for Gallagher. We could have imagined one or two more substitutions.

The Slovenians would currently advance as one of the four best third-placed teams in the group. That would be quite a surprise. But not an undeserved one.

Without spirit, without ideas, without magic – simply without everything that makes football beautiful. The English are disappointing again across the board. They were hardly able to create a single chance, but they showed a lot of haphazard ball-pushing. They are even more minimalist than the French. It is sad what coach Southgate is doing with this squad. Or should we say: it is a disgrace?

But the English have not yet been punished for this. They are still leading the table with half a game left in the group phase.

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Even the referee isn’t interested in anything more. He blows the whistle on time.

Kane tries from distance. The shot is deflected but still earns the striker applause. And a corner.

Trippier, the right-footed left-back, is given the space to move into the middle. From there he crosses, but several English players miss at the back post. It was close.

The Slovenians are able to hold their ground in the English half for longer. In the end they demand a penalty, but far too little has happened for that to happen. Even if you don’t use the English yardstick.

Free kick for England. Foden tries it directly. That’s pretty brave, Oblak is one of the best in his field. The Slovenian goalie easily parries the shot.

Now Kane is up front. He is played in the penalty area and tries to score while turning. Unsuccessful: He is blocked, but in the end at least a corner results for England. After this, the striker first has a half-header chance and then a full shot opportunity. Goalie Oblak takes the chance.

Foden’s pass to Harry Kane fails. But at least we know that the striker is playing. It hasn’t been the tournament for Bayern’s goal scorer so far. He is being criticized at home. For example, by legendary strikers Shearer and Lineker, because he keeps dropping back and pretending to be a playmaker. And so he is missing up front.

The other game is also goalless. We are not being spoiled, not at all.

Walker, right-back of England and Manchester City one of Akanji’s best friendshits an air hole. That could earn him a few more jokes.

But we are happy about the action. At least we have something to report.

Finally, the English combine fluidly and directly, the ball goes via Bellingham and Foden to Saka, who only has to push it in. But Foden was clearly offside. The goal doesn’t count. It was still a wonderful attack.

At least English toughness is now in play. Trippier receives a yellow card for hitting his opponent on the ankle.

The English goalkeeper is a gambler. He simply lets a cross pass, believing that it will all miss. He is lucky. He is right.

This is starting off really soberly. After Austria’s spectacular victory earlier, we feel like we’re going through withdrawal.

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