Five reasons why England can win the 2014 World Cup
Matthew Glazier of www.bettingpro.com hasn’t been drinking and genuinely thinks the Three Lions can go close in Brazil next summer
England will hopefully book their place in the 2014 World Cup finals over the next few days, with Montenegro and Poland standing in the way of a place among the 32 teams that will battle it out in Brazil next summer.
New FA chairman Greg Dyke might have called for a long-term plan to be adopted when it comes to the England national team, although it won’t stop the Three Lions from trying to win the thing and here are five reasons why they can return with the trophy.
1) Low expectations for a change
“I don’t think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup in Brazil” said Dyke recently, although England will clearly be aiming to go as far as possible in this tournament. Most supporters would settle for a quarter final place and there certainly isn’t the weight of expectation that has been heaped on the shoulders of previous squads.
2) Young and exciting players looking to make their mark
Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley are in the latest England squad and could yet shine on an international stage, with the Everton midfielder especially impressive this season playing in the number ten role behind Romelu Lukaku. Then there is Ravel Morrison who could yet claim a place on the plane if he continues his star performances for West Ham.
3) Sturridge and Rooney could be a lethal strikeforce
Daniel Sturridge has been scoring for fun in a Liverpool shirt and will hope to spearhead his country’s attack in south America, while Wayne Rooney will also be chomping at the bit and can never be accused of a half-hearted display while wearing a Three Lions shirt.
4) Gerrard and Lampard looking to go out with a bang
This could be the midfield duo’s final major tournament appearance and they bring a wealth of experience to the midfield department, not to mention a few goals. Stevie G has captained Liverpool to a Champions League success, while Lampard has won a stack of silverware at Stamford Bridge and is now hungry for an international honour.
5) England’s 2-2 draw with Brazil shows they’re not far away
It wasn’t a bad warm-up for the Three Lions a year before the tournament, with England drawing 2-2 against the hosts and proving they can mix it with the best in the world. Hodgson will take heart from an impressive performance which suggests that the 1966 winners could finally end 48 years of hurt.
Matthew Glazier is the Managing Editor of www.bettingpro.com, an award-winning sports, news and betting website.