The last few tournaments have been surrounded by fanfare and expectation yet this one is different. There is actually a lack of expectation on the football team as things stand.
Maybe a part of that is to do with how we’ve how we’ve continuously failed to live up to expectations previously. The “golden generation” that never delivered in the international stage is just about at the end and is in the process of being replaced with hungrier, more technical, more modern, football players. Maybe that is why I find myself so intrigued in how things will pan out for us over in Brazil.
For all the singing and dancing about foreign players in the Premier League and how they are restricting the flow of young English players into the first teams up and down the land, there is a nucleus of new talent bursting to make a mark on the international stage. Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Daniel Sturridge, Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barklay among others are all equipped to spend the next decade or so playing for the Three Lions, an this is their first chance to shine.
However this new guard aren’t expected to do much and, aside from a late flurry of World Cup bets taking place in their favour, they are currently rank outsiders for the tournament. That’s about right if I’m being honest, and with a tough group to try and get out of that must be the first priority for them before any thoughts turn towards the knockout stages.
Now this doesn’t have to be about England, it can be about any country. I’ve only focussed on England because I’ll be supporting them, but I know not all of you are English or follow England so if you’re backing someone else let us know who and how far you think they’ll go.
So, how far can we go?