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England seeding blow can be seen as a positive

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Captain Gerrard will lead The Three Lions to roar in Brazil (©GettyImages)
Captain Gerrard will lead The Three Lions to roar in Brazil (©GettyImages).

It was confirmed today that England will not be one of the top eight seeds at next summer's World Cup in Brazil. 

The latest FIFA World rankings place England in 10th position - rising seven places from the previous one. 

However, this will mean that they will face the prospect of not being the best nation in their group come June. 

England showed during their 4-1 win over Montenegro on Friday, and they 2-0 qualification clincher against Poland, that the squad are capable of getting through pressured situations, and showed an attacking ability that they had previously lacked in the qualifying campaign. 

With England not being a seeded side it takes some of the pressure of the competition off the player's shoulders.

In the past England have been drawn into, seminally, 'easy' World Cup groups and have often stumbled into the second round.

In 2010 England struggled, and drew their first two games against USA and minnows Algeria.

A 1-0 win over Slovenia in their final game bought them a second round tie with Germany, which was ultimately lost.

England fans went into the tournament with hope.

They assumed the group would be a walk in the park.

But it wasn't, and it wasn't to be England's year yet again. 

Both the players and fans know that to be the best you have to beat the best. At the moment England aren't the best, but they can certainly beat the best  - on their day. 

Going to the World Cup with no pressure will benefit the squad immensely after a long hard Premier League season. The players will have pressure on themselves to perform in Brazil no doubt, but not being a favourite could be in their favour. 

If England are allowed to try new tactics and take chances -  this World Cup could be the bench mark for others. 

The Three Lions have never performed well as favourites in recent competitions. If we take the new bunch of stars such as Leighton Baines, Andros Townsend, Daniel Sturridge and Kyle Walker to Brazil, we need to play in a way that will allow them use their strengths. 

Brazil and Spain don't suffer from nerves. Germany can sometimes struggle but seem to have a solid young base at the moment. Belgium are an up-and-coming nation that will no doubt play with the freedom that England should be doing. 

As far as this summer is concerned I am extremely looking forward to it. 

To think England may not have qualified for the festival in Brazil was unimaginable.

Us as England fans need to get behind the nation as we so often do and allow Roy to do his job the best way he sees fit.

England may not win the World Cup, they may not even make the quarter-finals  - but with the pressure as being a tournament favourite taken away it could actually be England's best chance in a while.

England have shocked us in a bad way in the past, by not hitting the heights we expected.

Maybe this summer they can shock us in a good way, and prove England should not ever be written off.  

Topics:
World Cup
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Steven Gerrard
England Football
Wayne Rooney
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