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England included in list of 10 reasons to be excited for the World Cup

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The FIFA World Cup is the most entertaining and the most thrilling sporting even in the world, viewed by an estimated 700 million people.

This year's edition being held in Brazil for the fourth time can make it even more fascinating.

Here, we have a look at 10 reasons to be excited for the World Cup in 2014...

1. England

It can be said that this England team is the best for many years. Comprising of promising youngsters and experienced players, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Daniel Sturridge are all competing for a first-team place with England's stars including Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

2. Neymar

Along with Fred, Neymar is Brazil's heartbeat and one of the frontrunners for the Golden Boot. Neymar helped Brazil to win the Confederations Cup last summer and they could go one ste further this summer.

3. Belgium

Is the golden generation ready to shine? This Belgium team is the best for many years. Can the likes of Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and many promising young talents defy the odds?

4. Messi v Ronaldo

 Who will score more goals? It can be safely said that Cristiano Ronaldo who - despite all odds dragged Portugal to the World Cup - is much more important to his nation than Argentina's Lionel Messi. 

5. Germany 

Germany have everything it takes to win the World Cup: an outstanding coach and amazing young and experienced players with the likes of Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Lukas Podolski and Mario Götze all contenders for a first team-place. Will they reach the final?

6. Spain

Can Spain write history by winning their fourth successive major title? If they do, they will become the first non-South American team to win the World Cup in the Americas.

With all of the world-class players in their team, I think they have a solid chance at the title. Expect a Spain v Brazil final.

7. Daniel Sturridge 

Can he carry all the hopes and dreams of the nation? With the likes of Lallana, Sterling and a fully-fit Wayne Rooney, England have a solid chance at the title should their forwards fire in Brazil. Will Sturridge be England's key player?

8. A host of young talents

Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Mario Goetze, Thibaut Courtois, Raphael Varane, Mateo Kovacic, Serge Aurier, William Carvalho, Joel Campbell, Romallu Lakaku, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and others are all in line to shine on the greatest stage of them all.

9. Luis Suarez v England 

All eyes will be on Suarez (if he is fit by that time) during the Uruguay vs England match. Imagine if Suarez scores or dives to win a last-minute penalty, what would be the reaction of the Liverpool fans?

10. Surprise packages

Chile are the dark horses, Belgium can make a difference, Mario Balotelli won't take it easy, Sturridge, Lallana and Sterling will be England's key hopes.

Ghana and Cote D'Ivore have a solid chance. Should Falcao be fit in time, third-ranked Colombia could make a difference.

We are all set for the World Cup to start and there are a number of other reasons to be excited as well including the Copacabana parties, drums, the Socceroos, and the carnival atmosphere 

Predictions:                                                                                                                              

Winners: Brazil                                                                                                                      

Runners-up: Spain                                                                                                      

Third-place: England

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