[ FIFA World Cup (TM) ] Open Question : Has anyone else noticed the age difference between our England team and Croatia’s team? Could this work in our favor?
Here is an age comparison between the 2 teams taking the starting lineups in their last 2 matches: CROATIA: GK Danijel Subašić AGED 33 RB Šime Vrsaljko AGED 26 CB Dejan Lovren AGED 29 CB Domagoj Vida AGED 29 LB Ivan Strinić AGED 31 CM Ivan Rakitić AGED 30 CM Luka Modrić AGED 32 RW Ante Rebić AGED 24 AM Andrej Kramarić AGED 26 LW Ivan Perišić AGED 29 CF Mario Mandzukic AGED 32 ENGLAND: GK Jordan Pickford AGED 24 CB Kyle Walker AGED 28 CB John Stones AGED 24 CB Harry Maguire AGED 25 DM Jordan Henderson AGED 28 CM Dele Alli AGED 22 CM Jesse Lingard AGED 25 RM Kieran Trippier AGED 27 LM Ashley Young AGED 33 FW Raheem Sterling AGED 23 CF Harry Kane AGED 24 If we compare the 2 teams we can see that Croatia only have 3 players namely Ante Rebic(24), Andrej Kramaric(26) and Sime Vrsaljko(26) who are under the age of 29 years old. Whereas England’s starting 11 only have 1 player who is older than 28, namely Ashley Young(33). The England team has a very young average age, while Croatia are a much older team. If this game goes into extra time, could that work in our favor? Remember Croatia were taken to extra time in their last 2 World Cup games, so that is more than 120 minutes of football in each of their last 2 games. Could this work in our favor? I believe it could with our fresh, young and hungry team.