10 Reasons why England WILL Win the World Cup
Call it lunacy. Call it stupidity. Call it blindpatriotism. England WILL win the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and this is why…
1) The Omens are in our favour
For the more superstitious England fan, the omens are certainly in our favour. The last time that Athletico Madrid were crowned La Liga champions whilst local rivals Real Madrid were champions of Europe? 1966. The last time a team came from 2-0 down to win the FA Cup Final 3-2? 1966. The last time Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest? 1966. And the last time England won the World Cup? It’s just meant to be.
2) Compare Roy’s squad to 2010
Whilst some of England’s stars also represented the country 4 years ago in South Africa, it’s unthinkable this time round how some of the names could make it into the national team. With Matthew Upson and Stephen Warnock providing cover at the back, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon out wide and Emile Heskey partnering Peter Crouch up front, why did theynot progress further?
3) It’s not how old you are, it’s how good you are
Too much youth and a lack of experience at international and major tournament level have been some of the criticisms of Roy Hodgson’s England team; however, this could in fact work in England’s favour. A young, energetic, attacking-minded team with pace, tempo and a willingness to impress could prove to be an unstoppable force (providing they also learn how to defend). The likes of Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley will be unknown to most teams, and could be our secret weapon.
4) The group is not as bad as people fear
Despite FA Chairman Greg Dyke jokingly making a slit throat gesture at the World Cup draw last December, England don’t need to fear their opposition as much as some people are making out. Uruguay are heavily dependent on forwards Luis Suarez (who is battling to be fit on time) and Edinson Cavani. If England can nullify that threat, the rest of team is not as strong. Italy are dangerous but have an ageing side, and tend to start slowly in tournaments. Costa Rica seem to be dismissed by everyone, but they could well cause an upset or two in the group. There’s no reason England can’tprogress.
5) Expectation is low
And that is key. The atmosphere going into this tournament isn’t one of ‘anything other than lifting the trophy is a failure’, like at previous World Cups. The expectation of success is lower, resulting in the pressure to perform well being eased slightly. England’s players have the license to play free flowing football, as opposed to slow and tentative tactics.
6) Players have a point to prove
All eyes will be on Wayne Rooney, who has a point to prove on the world stage having not scored in 8 matches in the previous 2 tournaments. Should this drought go on, the pressure will increase. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will also be looking to finally form a formidable central midfield partnership. The World will be watching, and everyone will be looking to impress.
7) Roy is in charge, not Fabio
The blame for failure in the 2010 tournament has always been pointed at then manager Fabio Capello. His long and tiring training methods, frosty relationship with the media and lack of understanding with his players resulted in the breakdown of any success during his tenure. Roy Hodgson is different in his approach, with a reliable coaching team the players can trust (including a psychiatrist), warm weather training tactics and measures to deal with fatigue after a tough Premier League season for most, England are much better prepared to do well this time round.
8) Players are in-form
It’s no surprise to see Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Strurridge join Captain Steven Gerrard in the England squad. Impressive Premier League campaigns from them all not only saw them nearly take their side to Premier League success, but enhance their reputation as creative and skilful footballers. Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw fully deserve their place in the squad, and will both be looking to make an impact. Wayne Rooney has been a shining light in a dismal season for Manchester United, while Joe Hart has proven his doubters wrong having bounced back from a disappointing start to the season to help Manchester City lift the Premier League last month. Let’s just hope they all click in the England team.
9) It’s only 7 games unbeaten
Technically, you could afford to lose a group stage match too. Knockout football always favours an underdog, and once on a roll with momentum and a winning mentality behind them, England could progress through to the final no problem. A quarter final against Brazil or Spain would suggest otherwise, but at the start of each game when it’s 0-0 and 11v11, you never know.
10) Patriotism conquers all
It’s coming home, you know it is! Let your heart rule your head and sing it for England. Because in football, anything is possible…