Jude Bellingham Saves the Day for England and Gareth Southgate Thanks to 2-1 Comeback Over Slovakia

England fans will be relieved as their national team narrowly avoided a huge upset against Slovakia in the last 16 of UEFA Euro 2024. Ivan Schranz helped Slovakia to a surprise first-half lead. The Slovaks showed brilliant courage and bravery to hold the advantage for a long period. “We showed the character that England have missed in times before”mentioned Jude Bellingham who was awarded the Man of the Match.

The hard work, however, was undone by a blinder from Jude Bellingham, who scored a header just a minute from the final whistle. Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane followed with a magnificent header in the early stages of extra-time to seal the deal for England. Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham step up for England

As is always the case in a major international tournament, individual quality is a necessary asset to deal with complicated situations. While the England squad was no stranger to individual talent, the stars did not step up during the tournament. When it looked like England’s journey was over, the star pair stepped forward to complete the comeback. “Jude Bellingham’s goal is one of the best in England history”were the words of the English captain praising the 21-year-old.

Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane
Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane (Credit: @England/X)

Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane enjoyed successful seasons outside the Premier League entering the European Championship. The duo were by no means at their best against Slovakia and there were calls for both of them to be replaced. Southgate, however, trusted his superstars who ended up saving the day for the Three Lions.

Concerns continue to prevail for Gareth Southgate

The memorable turnaround cannot overshadow England’s underwhelming display until almost the last minute of normal time. England did not turn the page from the group stages and put in a labored performance. Supporters are worried about the lack of solutions to the problems ongoing from the first match day against Serbia.

The left side was quite unproductive for England. Phil Foden and Kieran Trippier both tend to cut in, thus reducing the width of the left channel. It was no surprise that the goals came when the pair were replaced by Gareth Southgate. Anthony Gordon and Luke Shaw could very well get the call to start the next game over Foden and Trippier.

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