England have landed in Rio and enjoying the sun before the World Cup kicks off but have they got enough to be classed as real contenders? The simple answer is no and here are a few reasons why they will struggle in Brazil and could be in for a shocking campaign.
Performances in the warm ups
England played their final warm up game against Honduras in Miami the other night and the game ended 0-0 England looked sluggish and they seemed to be struggling in the heat and couldn't kick into that final gear to get a goal.
The previous game against Ecuador which saw Roy Hodgson pick a strong team but for some reason opting to play James Milner at right back which didn't make any sense with John Stones on the bench. England through the game away with sloppy defending and allowing to much space for a late strike to secure a 2-2 draw.
even when England beat Peru 3-0 they didn't stand out Sturridge's goal was the best part of that game the poor levels of Peru shot themselves in the foot not really England's dominance these performances were against poor teams that England should win easily but failure to step up the tempo can leave them in serious trouble when they meet teams in the World Cup.
England have selected top premier league players along with many rising stars for the future but there isn't a stand out character that is going to be a match winner. Many will disagree with me but as Paul Scholes says Rooney has past it and I think he's right he seems non existent when he takes to the field.
The youngsters have only just broken out in the premier league and the difference between them and players in Belgium and Brazil and other countries with youth is that those players have been first team players for at least 3-5 seasons. Sterling rash challenge against Ecuador proved they lack the mental strength to remain calm under pressure and that was a friendly game.
Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica is a very tough group and I believe that England could not even get out of the group stage or could even finish bottom. Italy showed their class against England during the Euros and could do the same again the Italians game is calm and slow waiting for an opening. They know that England will be hot and frustrated if they can't win the ball causing more mistakes with the younger players.
Uruguay is a deadly force and now Suarez is fit they should be feared even more they stood out in the South Africa World Cup and they will be looking to do the same again. The south American side are prepared for the environment and weather conditions providing them with the advantage and with England's recent performance show they haven't adjusted to the heat at all.
Costa Rica the team England should beat but that's what people said about Ecuador and Honduras but this team won't let England walk all over them. If England don't keep their focus then they will be punished.
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