Portugal are now the European and Nations League champions. A very successful era for the Portuguese looks to be getting even better with a brilliant team emerging with a lot of new star players. Ronaldo may take all the headlines, but my word what a player Bernardo Silva is. With Hazard leaving the Premier League would it be outlandish to suggest he's now the best player in the division? Not at all. He's that good. Incredible ability on the ball matched with a phenomenal work rate makes him the perfect footballer. Alongside midfielders Ruben Neves, William Carvalho and the impressive Bruno Fernandes, Portugal are becoming a side every international team will fear.
I don't think Holland played too badly. I just think there's a serious lack of quality up front and in the final third. They're not going anywhere with Depay and Babel and have no playmaker in the team. However, they are on the up and with a defence consisting of Van Dijk and De Ligt, alongside a strong midfield, they'll be pleased with their progress. There was just a little bit of a class difference between the two sides.
It's weird to think that there's still football going on over the next few days. By now, everyone would be on holiday taking a break. Now it seems it's never going to end. It had that type of feel in the England game yesterday. Such a lack of intensity. It felt like, let's just get this done so we can go on holiday. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Maguire were superb and put in brilliant performances. Both should be guaranteed starters in this team. Trent put in more crosses than any England player has in one game for 10 years, since David Beckham. Remarkable stat just shows what a force he is offensively. Raheem Sterling on the other hand was absolutely terrible. He put in one of the worst performances I've seen from a footballer in a long time. He missed a tap in from close range, took a horrible touch when one on one, and constantly gave away the ball. And when I say constantly, I mean constantly. I don't think he actually did anything right. When he stood up and put away his penalty, the reaction said it all. There was a huge sigh of relief mixed with some humour. Jordan Pickford stole the show though. Stepping up to dispatch away an emphatic penalty then making the winning save. He loves the spotlight.
That's all for today's post. Some more qualifiers tonight. I'll be back tomorrow to reflect on them. See you then.