When it comes to World Cup, the most sensible and realistic conclusion fans and pundits up and down the country have grown to accept for quite some years now, is that it will be a miracle for England to even get into the quarter finals.
Although this may be true, there are such things as blind faith and undeniable passion - which England fans have in abundance - that will always keep the dream of bringing football back home alive.
As the much anticipated 2014 World Cup in Brazil looms ever closer, the excitement grows stronger. However, England haven't been dealt the best luck as they have to try and escape in a group with Italy and the much fancied Uruguay.
This may seem like a big ask and many can be forgiven for thinking England won't get out of the group but there is no reason to suggest that will happen.
What manager Roy Hodgson now has in front of him is a team full of youth pace, which is something England have lacked for some time. There has always been a cautious approach to big tournament with the older, more experienced players. What England now have, with youth and pace, is no fear.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana, who have all had fantastic seasons can bring a whole new dimension to England's style of play full of accelerating pace and tenacity. It will give the big nations, who usually know how to set up their teams against the English, something to think about.
The added partnership upfront with Daniel Sturridge accompanying Wayne Rooney, will bring creativity with real intent and threat to score at any time.
Naturally, the main vocal point and enormous expectation will fall on the shoulders of Rooney. The Manchester United man is entering his third World Cup in what many people are calling his prime. Rooney himself, has expressed on several occasions how he knows he needs to perform and is ready to show the world what he can do.
As well as this, the feeling that has been oozing out of the England camp is that manager Hodgson and the team are completely focused and excited for the tournament to start. There just seems to be a different, much more positive outlook with England compared to previous years. An outlook that is creating positiveness without the hindered pressure of expectancy.
This could well be down everybody's opinion of them, having already accepted England not to do much because of the proposed nativity of the young squad. The doomed conclusion of going out of the World Cup yet again, has already been written apparently.
If this is the case, it is wrong. Every player selected by Hodgson has had an excellent season with their clubs and if they can emulate that form and play with no fear and no pressure, then they might just shock a few people. Right now, it is hard to see past Brazil not winning the whole thing with the entire support of the country behind them, and that's quite a support.
However, if England attack the way we all know they can, and with a little luck, they are capable of not just escaping the group but beating any team and accomplishing the big dream. Being a dark horse may just fit them perfectly.
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