Is this England's year? Can the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney bring our young talent together and win a World Cup? It seems unlikely.
Like always, the odds are against us and we aren’t looking likely to prove them wrong. After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Honduras on Saturday, England are looking questionable to be a side who will contend for the world cup in Rio amongst the likes of Germany, Spain, Brazil and Argentina.
If you consider the number of players in our squad who have been to a previous World Cup; it is not many. We lack experience, it’s that simple. Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard can act as almost mentors to the younger players of the team but it is not likely to be enough to make the team gel. We are a team for the future, and the future is not now.
England have drawn Uruguay and Italy, both dominant teams, making progression past the group stages a difficult task. Italy won the World Cup in 2006 and also have a winning record over England, winning ten games to England’s eight, including six draws between the two sides.
Not only are Italy good, but so are Uruguay. They have world class players through the likes of Cavani and Suarez and have been tipped by many as contenders. They also have a winning record against England, winning four, losing three and drawing three.
No European team has ever won a World Cup hosted by a South American country. Do we have a chance of beating this? It’s looking doubtful. England will take some time to adjust to the climate of Rio which could, and most likely will, cost us going into the world cup. Football is a winter sport in England and the 95-degree weather will slow us down.
David Beckham however has got behind the England side and believes that the young side should fancy their chances of lifting the World Cup in July. He said: “I'm very optimistic. The good thing about young players is that they’re not scared so they’ll be ready. He also went on to say “It doesn't matter how young they are, they’re prepared.”
Do you think England can win the World Cup? The chances are looking slim but the young talent could shock the world and bring England home a world cup trophy.
David Beckham thinks they can, what do you think?
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