Most of the tournament favourites remain in the race as we head into the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
There are two heavyweight clashes between England and France, and Argentina agnd Holland, while Morocco face Portugal and Brazil come up against Croatia.
There is plenty of talk around France, Argentina, and Brazil, but not the Three Lions – despite other countries fearing Gareth Southgate’s side.
Why are other countries are scared of England?
England are into the quarter-finals of the World Cup but have not been talked up as potential winners
Veronica Brunati (journalist with Telemundo Deportes)
I think the England team are real candidates to win it. They are one of the most powerful teams in the tournament. There is a lot of quality there, especially in the final third of the pitch. Bellingham is having a great World Cup; he’s emerging as one of the stars of the tournament. Foden is impressive too.
He plays with the spirit of youth and rebellion and he looks very much on form. And you have Harry Kane and now he has scored his first goal. And from midfield working backwards the team is very solid.
England v France could be one of the games of the tournament. It looks very evenly matched, either side could go through and the deciding factor will be whoever is best on the day.
Lionel Messi has been one of the stars of the tournament for the dangerous Argentina
Pablo Polo (journalist with Marca)
They have been one of the best teams so far along with Brazil and France. They look very complete and well-balanced and above all up-front there is so much capacity to create chances and score goals with quick players who can go past people.
They have the individual talent but they play as a team too. Saka and Foden look good and they also have Kane who can score goals but also has the intelligence to link the play.
Henderson and Bellingham have been good and Rice has surprised us a bit with his quality. Can they win it? If Mbappe is not decisive on Saturday then they can progress.
They have to win the midfield and I think they can. They look stronger in midfield than France who have good players but Rabiot and Griezmann are more like attacking midfielders or second strikers and Tchouameni can be a bit isolated so France could really suffer there.
The Three Lions have a dangerous attacking three of Phil Foden, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka
Vincent Rozeron (Le Figaro)
I don’t think there is anything for England to be pessimistic about. We have been talking a lot about the team and we think you are strong. You have such an incredible depth of talent.
In France, we saw against Tunisia in the group stage that we don’t have more than 12 or 13 players who can play at a really great level. We played some of the second tier and lost. For England, it seems like 19 or 20 players are at that top level. You can change the team and there’ll be little difference.
We’re not all that aware of your pessimism. We know you always sing about it ‘coming home’ but that’s ok for us. No offence is taken. In France we just think you sing it all the time and only have one song. So no surprise there!
We do see problems on the right side of our defence where we have Jules Kounde – who is not a right back and was not secure against Poland – against Phil Foden.
This could be dangerous for us. We think you could also be dangerous with Harry Kane because Raphael Varane has come back from injury but is still not quote 100 per cent. That’s another real danger zone for us.
City star Foden could cause problems for France on the right side of defence for Jules Kounde
Josue Seixas (Folha de sao paulo)
I see England as a very strong team. As always, one of the favourites and making it clear by performances in the recent games. Like Brazil, they have young and exciting players, especially on the offensive side.
I can imagine Saka, Foden, Mount, Bellingham as important as Vini, Martinelli, Antony, for the future of the squad.
But the big threat is still Kane and England need him to grow into the World Cup from this point, to put more pressure on the opposition defences and open up the pitch for the wingers/dribblers, who have been the most important players for most teams in the World Cup.
Can they win it? England and France are the biggest threats and it’s good for Brazil that they face each other now. But Portugal or Morocco will also be hard opponents if Brazil makes it to the final.
The big threat for England is Harry Kane and they need him to grow into the World Cup
Marcel van der Kraan, Head of Sport, De Telegraaf
I have to say I am almost jealous of England’s forward line. You have two real wingers who glittered and shone against Senegal, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, and then I look at Harry Kane going through the middle.
We love that attack in The Netherlands because we grew up with 4-3-3. It was the football Cruyff played, the football helped which helped The Netherlands entertain the world. It’s so different from the national team we have at this moment – and there is youth as well!
Foden is one of the biggest gems in the world and is just at the start of his young career
That makes it even more special. Foden, in my opinion, is one of the biggest gems in the world. He is only at the start of many more beautiful years. It is dangerous to compare and I am not saying they are the same but he plays like Cruyff.
When he drifted past Senegal’s defence to set up the goal for Bukayo Saka, he had that little jump and turn of speed that Johan Cruyff used to have. If I look at England generally, you so much more flexible – look at Kyle Walker, a defender who can play outstanding in any system.
You surprise us because we never expected to see Harry Maguire, who had been dropped by Erik Ten Hag, playing so well and it is amazing what he is doing. I hope he keeps it up. It’s a joy to watch England.
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