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Pressure off for England this summer

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On the eve of England's last match at home before the squad head off to Brazil surely there has never been less pressure facing an England Side.

They will either return as hero's, most likely for getting to the quarter finals, or come back not getting out the group, like many expect will happen.

Some might see this as a pessimistic view, all doom and gloom predicting Englands demise.

Yet i for one am delighted about the general dismal outlook most people are forecasting.

For too many years the media and fans in England have heaped unreasonable amounts of pressure on England sides which ultimately proves too much and they fail at the first major hurdle, or big team they face.

It happened in France 1998, when we lost to Argentina - Japan and Korea 2002 when we lost to Brazil, and again in Germany 2006 when Ronaldo and Portugal dumped us out.

At each tournament unrealistic goals were set. Talk of winning and the golden generation did nothing to help the burden the players already felt and the team eventually came home disappointed.

Times have certainty changed recently and for the first time in many a tournament no one expects England do anything.

Such is the low level of expectation the home office are even planning for England not doing well. In a home office report they were quoted as saying "while England are certain to be playing in the matches in the first period, there is a high possibility they wont be playing in the later matches".

The report was looking into the benefits of later opening hours for pubs. It suggested little would be gained as odds are England won't be there!

Given the lack of belief the team could do well, I for one think this might help them.

No one expects them to do well so if they don't there is no fall out, just a bunch of people saying 'told you'.

They have with this lack of pressure the perfect license to go out and express themselves.

The squad is young and has not got the scars of years of scathing media attacks. This could just be the kind of attitude we need to free the players up to go out and finally replicate their league form for their country.

I would not be so bold as to say the lack of pressure will lead to some sort of under dog victory, that is highly unlikely.

Yet, if Roy lets the boys play with a certain freedom, the World Cup could just be a lot more exciting than many think it will.

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