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Comparing England's Class of 2018 with the 1990 World Cup team

Wednesday 11th July 2018

As the England team prepare themselves for their World Cup semifinal with Croatia, the hype at home has reached fever pitch. This tournament was all about building confidence and gaining experience with a very young squad. Gareth Southgate’s men have become just the third English side to reach a World Cup semifinal.

With many fans convinced that “it’s coming home," let's take a look at how the Class of 2018 compares with the last English side to reach this stage. Sir Bobby Robson took his side to the semi-finals of Italia 90, where they fell to eventual winners, West Germany after a penalty shootout. England can consider themselves unlucky not to have won that match. While Croatia will prove a difficult prospect for Southgate’s side, the Blazers certainly aren’t of the West German's class. That XI included legends like Bodo Illgner, Thomas Hassler, Lothar Matthaus, Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann.

It’s probably not fair to make direct comparisons, as Sir Bobby’s side have their full careers behind them, while Southgate’s men have yet to live their career-defining moments. Instead, let's look more at how their styles compare and what Southgate’s men must achieve to overtake their predecessors in English football annals.

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Gerry Johnston

I am a 33-year-old sports writer from Ireland who enjoys watching European football. My main focus is La Liga, but I do keep a close eye on all of the major leagues throughout the world.

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