For the first time going in to a World Cup I feel like there is no chance for England to win.
Unlike in 2006 and 2010 England will be without the outstanding centre-backs John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, who have both retired, whilst Ashley Cole isn't as good as he once.
Other areas on the pitch include the great Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard who, although are great players, will most likely be a shadow of their once great selves for the World Cup next summer in Brazil.
Comebacks for players beyond the age of 30 were once almost unheard of, that was of course until the incredible comeback staged by Andrea Pirlo since signing for Juventus from AC Milan. Is this something we can hope for Gerrard and Lampard?
Although both players are very unlikely to sign for a rival club, both their strong points come from areas such as passing and shooting, both traits that stay with a player longer than traits such as pace.
Similarities that both Gerrard and Lampard share with Pirlo include passing, shooting, free kick specialisms, being the hub of their respected teams and being similar ages, Gerrard being 33, Pirlo 34 and Lampard 35.
As we saw in Euro 2012 it is possible for an older player, in this case Pirlo, to make such an epic comeback, that saw him re-join the elite players that can be called the best in the world.
If England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard or Chelsea's all-time top scorer Frank Lampard can inspire and lead England in a similar way there may be hope yet for a long awaited World Cup win.
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