Joe Cole on Croatia: I worry for them in this group
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Today we had the opportunity to watch the match between Croatia and Morocco. Both teams were not at the expected level, especially Croatia. The former winger of the England national team, Joe Cole, commented on the performance of the Croatians.
“I think the Morocco manager will be a lot happier getting a point. Croatia did nothing to allay my fears they're in transition. They’re bitty. They didn’t have that spark they did two to four years ago. They lacked something in the final third.
I worry for them in this group.
With Belgium and Canada, this is a real tight group.
I think [Morocco] will grow into that group”. - Cole said for eurosport.com Nigel De Jong revealed the main problem of both teams. “Very disappointing performance.
It looked like both of the teams were playing not to lose, rather than actually win the game. It’s the first game, you don’t want to lose, you're already behind. It’s a good thing [to draw] when you can’t score goals.
Even Modric tried to play but it was not really going forward.
If you look at the group, Belgium are the clear favourites”.
Hal Robson-Kanu believes that the Croats could have been much better. “Credit here to Morocco, they were looking leggy. They put in a real shift,” he said.
“Croatia, what you want to see from them is they’d be more decisive and penetrating.
It was too comfortable at times and they didn’t do anything to hurt the Moroccan defence”.
Marcus Rashford scored a superb goal in his side's 6-2 win over Iran. Marcus Rashford has been playing brilliantly this season, and has revealed the main reason for his good performances;
“I think for me it was just about getting my own happiness right,” he said, as quoted by eurosport.com
“When I’m on the pitch and enjoy myself, I play good football.
It’s more just within yourself, you have to be happy as a person”. Rashford had a lot of problems with injuries, but all that is behind him now. “It’s something I can change. Nobody else can change it for me.
In the summer just gone, it helped me a little bit to switch off and spend time with friends and family,” he revealed.
“Mainly injuries, I’ve been playing the last two, three years with a lot of problems.
I’ve not been enjoying it as much as I should have for a long time.
It’s behind me now, it’s something that happened in the past, so I’m just looking forward now, we’re going to keep enjoying ourselves”.