Jose Mourinho: England have a reason to be optimistic

by Marwan Harraz


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insisted England have a reason to be optimistic following their semi-final loss to Croatia in extra-time.

The Three Lions opened the scoring in the crucial clash through an outstanding Kieran Trippier free-kick but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Their opponents managed to grab an equaliser in the second half and then soon punished Gareth Southgate’s side for losing their moment with a goal in extra-time.

Mourinho has been keeping tabs on the World Cup this whole summer after working with Russia Today as a pundit and he’ll certainly be disappointed some of his stars couldn’t make it to the final.

The likes of Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young will all make the long journey back home after their third placed finish clash against Belgium.

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose said to Russia Today: “England of course have a reason to cry but they also have a reason to be optimistic.

“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. The squad is young. The majority of the players can play the next World Cup. Probably, Ashley Young, [Jamie] Vardy, they will be 37 and 35, but the others will be at the next world cup, with more experience at club level.

“Gareth Southgate and [assistant manager] Steve Holland, if I was the FA, if i was in charge, no doubt that I would keep them in the job and I would give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros, eventually to the next World Cup.

“The players, the squad and everybody involved in the World Cup for England have a reason to come back home with the pride that they gave everything and they made their country, not fully happy, but they made their country proud.”

The Portuguese manager may yet have a World Cup winner in his squad should France and Paul Pogba win the final against Croatia where they’re largely expected to be favourites.

Luka Modric and his nation though have proven themselves consistently throughout the tournament of being a side that can cause upsets.

Croatia absolutely demolished Lionel Messi’s Argentina and will feel they’re capable of beating any country they come up against.

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