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England Poised to Defeat Portugal

football international england portugal 10 12 1969 England Poised to Defeat PortugalEngland is just hours away from their crucial match against Portugal. On paper, this is one of the finest England teams to grace the international stage in years. But can they play as a cohesive unit and defeat Scolari’s men?

Right now, England has everything in its favor. Five of the Portugese players are playing with yellow cards, so they (Figo, Maniche, Ricardo, Nuno Valente and Petit) will be playing more cautiously than usual. Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for the match, although a decision will be made within two hours of kick-off.

If Ronaldo doesn’t play, Luis Figo will move into the midfield while Simao will slot into the Ronaldo’s wing position. Simao, you may remember, was brilliant for Benfica this year when they knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League.

Regarding England, we’ve watched with joy so many of these players perform at the highest level this past season in the English Premiership. Wherever you’ll be on Saturday at 5pm German time, cheer on the lads and let’s believe that they can do it. C’mon England!

PS – Watch the blog Saturday night for pictures and blog posts from the day’s events.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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One Response to England Poised to Defeat Portugal

  1. JC says:

    Ronaldo is cleared to play, but i think England will take the day. This is Rooney’s coming out party on the international stage.

    5 minutes to start. Here we go!

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