Can England Score Enough Goals to Win the World Cup?

 

The World Cup takes place in Russia this summer and England have qualified yet again and will be hoping to perform well in the tournament. They were disappointing at Euro 2016 when they were last on the big stage, beaten by Iceland in a game they were heavy favourites for. They went through the qualifying stages with ease, and will be hoping they can maintain that form at the tournament.

If they are to perform well then they will have to score a lot more goals than they did at the qualifiers. There are many attacking teams going to be at the World Cup, and England will have to keep up with them if they are to progress to the latter stages. During the 10 qualifying games they played, England only scored 18 goals, which averages at less than two goals per game. When you consider they played two games against Lithuania and Malta as part of those 10, the end total was something they must build on this summer.

One important decision they will have to make is which strikers to take with them to the tournament. Harry Kane is sure to be on the plane and he has been fantastic for Tottenham this season, but England will need to have options on the bench behind him for if they need to score a goal. One option that has been spoken about is Tammy Abraham. Oddschecker have reported there has been good money punted on Abraham to be on the plane when England travel to Russia, and the Swansea man has been in good recent form. He would give England a scoring threat and pace up front, and would be the ideal player to bring on with 20 minutes to go in a game against tiring defender.

 

Another great option for England off the bench would be Jamie Vardy. He has been in good form this season for Leicester and has 13 Premier League goals to his name already. That already equals his total for last season, and a good finish to the season would see him finish close to the 24 goal total he had when Leicester won the league in 2016. He was fantastic in that season, and is back to that level right now, to surely get himself on the plane as the main man behind Harry Kane.

While England are not fancied to win the World Cup, they are expected to go far into the knockout stages. To do that, and possibly more, they will have to find a way to score goals. They failed to do that in qualifying, even though they faced far lower opposition in some of the games they played. That has to change, and one way they will have to score goals is by having attacking options off the bench. Tammy Abraham is a potential option, as is Jamie Vardy and it will be very interesting to see just who makes the final cut and has a seat on the plane to Russia.