On Saturday the World Cup England squad played Belgium to decide who was going to take third place in the 2018 World Cup, unfortunately we lost.
Loosing didn’t seem to bad, for a majority of English supporters this wasn’t something to get down about, quite the opposite in fact.
No doubt when we played our first semi-final in 28 years and lost to Croatia in extra time there were tears up and down the country from men and women of all ages.
There are going to be those out there that will probably look at England’s defeat an inevitable or argue that we had an easy group and it is only for because of this that the squad managed to get to the Semi’s. Or that a team of players that earn millions a year should to better.
Now I wouldn’t go as far as to call Gareth’s Southgate’s squad heroes, idols and inspiration to some sure, but there can certainly be no argument that they brought people together, whether they like football or not, and allowed us for a time to forget all the other crap that goes on in the world for an hour or two of an evening.
There is a lot of psychology that goes into sport now and many teams will have a sports psychologist to get them through those times of doubt.
I’ve probably looked a little too deep into this and have come up with some lessons that we might all be able to take away from the England Teams success at the 2018 World Cup.
Lessons to be learnt from the 2018 England Squad’s success
1. Ensure that you grasp opportunities with both hands
It would be easy to dismiss the team’s success by saying that they were in an easy group. The thing is they still had to grasp this opportunity put in front of them, it would have been easy for complacency to set in and guarantee failure.
2. Don’t let the past define your today
How many hearts sank when England’s place in the semi-finals was going to be decided by penalties, we haven’t the greatest record here.
This would no doubt have been in the minds of the players as they took the long walk up to face the goalkeeper one and one.
3. Don’t underestimate those you consider as inexperienced
England football manager after England football manager has historically only picked big name players expecting something to change and it never did so it is only natural that England fans were scratching their heads at some of the choices that Southgate made.
4. Great things are achieved if a team work together
One criticism of earlier England squads was that they didn’t work together as a team. In the pool with unicorns and playing tag with a chicken might seem daft but it helped build the team that gave so much joy to many.
5. Dare to dream big
I’d be surprised if anyone got on the plane to Russia believing they weren’t going to win the World Cup, with focus and belief they achieved what many thought they couldn’t.
6. Learn to celebrate your successes
You could tell how disappointed the lads were after their defeat on Wednesday.
They don’t play sport just to take part, they play to be the best, win trophies and carve out a career that enables them to look after their families.
Regardless of the result and whatever else happens in their careers, they will always have the 2018 World Cup to think back upon.
7. Have belief in your actions
Many in football were left scratching their heads when Southgate named his 23 man squad prior to the World Cup.
Gareth had a plan and a belief in the decision that he had made and stuck with it.8. Be inspirational. The way that the team conducted themselves throughout the tournament has been fantastic and they will have inspired those young men and women in the North or those of an ethnic minority that want to get into football as a career or any other field that with hard work and sacrifice has proved almost anything is possible.
Do you think that there are lessons to be learnt?
Is there a lesson to be learnt about the success of the England Squad or should we even care and dismiss the whole thing as a flute?