On Tuesday afternoon England defeated Ukraine 1-0 in a match that will be remembered more for the brave effort of the Ukrainian side than the quality and execution of the Three Lions.
Hours before the match kicked off, former England captain David Beckham shared his thoughts on the chances of his country advancing past the group stage.
“We’ve got a great goalkeeper, a talented back four, a midfield that a lot of teams would be scared of,” said Becks in an article on MLSsoccer.com.
He added: “When you’ve got someone like [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Theo] Walcott, [James] Milner, Stevie [Gerrard], when you’ve got these kinds of players, Scott Parker, [Danny] Welbeck, it’s a dangerous front six, more dangerous than most of the teams I’ve seen in the competition.”
Beckham, along with the rest of England, can now exhale after surviving the group stage, but will need to improve their quality of play before they face the Italians on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
“It’s exciting to watch, it’s exciting to see an England team like that with obviously so many good players like that. With Wayne coming back into the mix, it pushes us even more forward.”
The LA Galaxy ace has twice represented his country at the Euros (2000 & 2004), but still dreams of wearing the Three Lions emblem again in another international competition.
The Olympic games open on July 27th, and Beckham has repeatedly expressed the pride his country has in hosting the 2012 Olympics and his hopes to be named to the Olympic squad.
“I want England to succeed. I believe they’ve got some great players, the set-up is good. It’s always a huge priority in my life,” the 37-year old concluded.