Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson has sent a defiant message to England ahead of tonight’s World Cup showdown. Wales know that even beating England might not be enough to see them progress to the knockout stages of the competition.
Johnson and Co were stunned by Iran on Friday. After Reds stopper Wayne Hennessey was sent off, Wales conceded twice in stoppage time to find themselves on the wrong end of a morale-sapping defeat.
Johnson hasn’t started either of Wales’ games at the tournament so far. That could change tonight though, with many pundits backing him to make a starting spot.
The 21-year-old could have the pace to hurt England. He will feel confident given that he’s now playing regularly in the Premier League and he’s eyeing up a shock.
Ahead of tonight’s game, it would seem as though the Forest man is pumped up. He’s made a defiant claim ahead of the game and Wales appear ready.
He told the Daily Mail: “We don’t know what is going to happen, but we do know that all the boys are going to give everything they’ve got.
“It’s definitely possible we can beat them. It’s going to take a huge effort but it’s something we’re ready for.”
Johnson sends England warning and Three Lions will need to ready
Make no bones about it, this is a bigger game for Wales than it is for England. The Welsh love to hate the English and for them, this is a cup final of epic proportions.
As for England, unless they lose by four clear goals, they can’t be eliminated tonight. Can anyone see England capitulating in such a fashion?
Still, they will want to go into the knockout stages with a confident performance. On Friday against the USA, the Three Lions got lucky and an improvement is required.
England could make changes and play Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson. They’re hardly bad players to be bringing in when rotating the squad.
Johnson will hope to shine on the big stage. It’s hard to knock the passion that the Welsh possess but whether the Forest man issuing a warning to England will be enough, remains to be seen.