Doubts Over England’s World Cup Hopes
As another World Cup gets ever closer, views and opinions from past managers and ex-England internationals will begin to surface. The latest coming from Sven-Goran Eriksson, who has made a bold statement about the chances England have next year in Brazil.
Eriksson is currently employing his craft in China, and he has been the most successful England manager of the recent past. He wrote off any chance of World Cup success next year, but did say that in 2018 they would be in a better position to contest for the World Cup. This could be a fair comment as in 2018, the best nations will converge on Russia. Where the weather and playing conditions would not be very different to England, and therefore this would be a definite benefit.
History does not favour England
Next years World Cup could be the last for some of England’s stars. Lampard, Gerrard, and Terry are just a few who would probably not make it to eastern Europe in 2018. And while this generation of footballers is far from the golden-era that included the likes of David Beckham, they will still be expected to get past the group stage.
Obvious favourites for next years tournament would be Spain. For British expatriates in South America this does offer a huge opportunity of a month long party, or realistically a party of a couple of weeks. This is dependent on how long England keep themselves in the tournament, because once they are out every Brit will not care about what happens.
The draw for the tournament takes place in a months time, and that will make it even clearer as to England’s hopes. Who under the current manager have not had the performances that many would like, after scraping through the qualifying round recently. History doesn’t favour England, as no side from Europe has ever won the tournament when it was held in South America. The bigger pitches and weather are a huge obstacle to overcome. But! Stranger things have happened. Come on England!