England must release their shackles and play with freedom if they are to beat Uruguay on Thursday night in the World Cup.
The Three Lions need a positive result against the South American side in their quest to qualify after losing their opening game of the World Cup to Italy. However, many positives came from the narrow 2-1 defeat to the Italians and England must take them into their next encounter.
The lowered expectations for England this summer may just help the side on Thursday as they go into the Uruguay game under less pressure. This will allow the English side to play with greater freedom as the fear of failure is much less than in previous competitions.
Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck both showed their confidence at running at defenders with the ball and this will cause a slow Uruguay back four massive problems. An England performance full of freedom could be the key to an England victory.
England need players that are willing to get on the ball and dictate play. Players that aren't scared to make mistakes and look to create chances. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley are both exciting young talents who could really worry Uruguay and their positiveness could rub off on the other players.
We've seen in previous tournaments that, sometimes, England can be too negative. The players are too scared to do something wrong and becoming a national villain. The likes of Gareth Southgate, Phil Neville and David Beckham can vouch for that but this England side should be able to play without fear of that. The expectation is lower and this young squad won't be lambasted by the country if they fail to make it out of the group stages as long as they give it a right good go.
Confidence on the ball
The difference between the top nations and England is often the confidence on the ball. You've already seen the likes of Germany and France perform well in Brazil and the confidence from every single player to always want the ball and not fear having it with players around them.
So this is what England should be like against Uruguay. They have nothing to fear. The youngsters should play with the freedom that they've been playing with for their clubs and Sterling, Welbeck, Barkley and Sturridge have the ability to win this game for England by having the confidence to get on the ball and being positive.
The team should be able to express themselves knowing that if they do go out at the group stages, they have given it their all and nobody can blame them for that.
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