Before every international tournament, England are always talked about as potential winners by fans and pundits alike.
After every international tournament, fans and pundits alike are left with that familiar sense of disappointment and embarrassment that comes with being an England fan.
This time however, I get the sense that something has changed. The media aren't jumping on the '1966 all over again' bandwagon and the fans seem to have cooled their expectations of the team. There is an overall air of relaxed expectations around the England team which can only be beneficial for the team.
I'm not saying we can win the 2014 World Cup, I'm just saying that there seems to be less expectation surrounding the team compared to previous tournaments. But the question still remains, can we win a major international tournament before 2022?
Upon hearing Greg Dyke's bold statement I couldn't help but start to agree with him. With changes to the Premier League being proposed which will mean youth academies across England receive more funding to better nurture youth talent and with top English youth talents beginning to establish themselves such as Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley, it's hard not to agree with him.
I think that the key to a 2022 World Cup win will be how youth talent in the Premier League is managed. The current problem we have in the Premier League at the moment is that too many of our young players are overlooked and don't get enough playing time, with teams looking to buy already established players from abroad. If, however, teams in the Premier League can start to trust young players and give them playing time, I see no reason as to why we can't have a successful World Cup in 2022.
Another thing to consider is how pressure affects the team. Recent tournaments have shown that the England team doesn't generally cope very well with high expectations from both the fans and the media. So if the media and the fans can stop themselves from getting over excited about England at the World Cup in 2022, I again see no reason why we won't stand a chance of winning it.
So we come back to the original question, can England win the World Cup in 2022? Greg Dyke seems to think so, and you can see why. I personally agree with him, and hope to see the lads end the World Cup in 2022 as champions.
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