England mounted a dramatic comeback at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon against Croatia to ensure that they topped their Nations League group and will proceed to the semi-finals stage at the expense of Spain and Croatia.
The all-important goals for the Three Lions came courtesy of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Gareth Southgate will reflect upon the 2-1 win as a job well done and evidence that his side are continuing to progress after their wonderful World Cup run in the summer.
Watch Playmaker FC’s Thogden react to England’s dramatic second-half comeback against Croatia in the video below…
It was the introduction of Lingard, in the 72nd minute, that sparked the homes side’s fightback into life. Although he had been afforded little time the change the game, Lingard still managed to make a big contribution for his team at both ends of the pitch.
The 25-year-old only had time to muster one shot during his time on the pitch, but it ended up in the back of the net as he stepped up in a timely manner to ensure that Kane’s trickling effort absolutely did cross the line.
Not only did Lingard level the scores, he also saved his side defensively when he blocked a goal-bound Croatia effort on his own goal-line. The 22-cap international also managed to make a well-timed interception to help relieve the pressure building on his side.
Considering Lingard was only on the pitch long enough to amass nine touches and complete six passes, the impact he had on the outcome of the crucial fixture was hugely impressive and also solidifies his importance to Southgate’s improving young squad.