‘We’re going to give someone a real beating’
Gary Cahill is confident England will soon turn domination into goals, warning their prospective Euro 2016 last-16 opponents they could be in for a “real beating”.
For all of the possession, passing and control displayed during Group B, Roy Hodgson’s men have lacked a cutting edge despite the glut of attacking options at their disposal.
That proved costly on Monday as an organised Slovakia side held firm to secure a 0-0 draw, allowing Wales to usurp England at the top of the group.
Portugal, Hungary, Iceland and Austria are the potential opponents for a match in which Cahill hopes things will belatedly all come together for England.
“The way we’re playing we shouldn’t fear anyone,” he said.
“I definitely feel like we are going to give someone a real beating soon.
“We have had six shots against us in the three group games and had over 20 shots ourselves against Slovakia. In terms of possession, dominating the game and creating chances, we have to be pleased.
“But we are also frustrated, I have not been involved in such a onesided game as that for a long time. To not get the win is frustrating.
“But not finishing top may not be the end of the world. Who knows how Portugal’s group will pan out? That group is very strange, Portugal could finish first, second or third.
“But if we do face them it will be far from an easy game. I feel that they have yet to get going and they have some great players.”