I am an England fan, I am an England supporter, If England are in it, I support them even if I don't know a lot about the sport, but there is an event starting this month which I can't get excited about from an England supporting point of view. What is it? The World Cup and we've got no chance!
Truth hurts people but lets be realistic for once. Why should we expect to win a tournament, which we have only ever won once, and that was played at home wasn't it!. I hope we do, but I have had my heart broke too many times down the years to get excited any more about England and major football tournaments. I'm not unpatriotic, watching my country win things makes me proud to be English, but lets be honest for once, lower the expectations and then we might just ENJOY IT!. So here are my 10 reasons why we wont win it.
Reason 1: Expectations
Reason 2: Penalty Shoot-outs
Reason 3: Goalkeeper
Reason 4: The Premier League
Reason 5: No Truly World Class Players.
So who do you think would get into the teams of Brazil, Italy, Argentina or Spain? Honestly, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole that's it. Why would Brazil or Argentine swap Kaka and Messi for Gerard or Lampard. I know I wouldn't and I doubt they
would either. Spain wouldn't want Terry or Johnson instead of Pique or Puyol and they wouldn't swap Xavi or Iniesta either. So there lays another issue we do not have truly world class players in areas of the pitch apart from two. Wayne Rooney up front, Ashley Cole at left-back. We do not have truly great players, good yes, but players that with a bit of magic can turn a game no we don't. Why? because of reason 4 we don't invest in talent in this country we are after the quick buck, the finished article from abroad and until the Premier League see this and change it we may even struggle to qualify let alone compete on the world stage for future generations.
Reason 6: No Decent World Cup Song
We have had some crackers down the years haven't we? Back Home 1970, Ron's 22 1982, World In Motion 1990, Three Lions 1996, okay the last one wasn't a World Cup song but it was a belter wasn't it. This year nothing, not a decent song out there. When I was kid we used to have to sing Ron's 22 at school. I used to get the pub rocking in 1990 by doing the John Barnes rap ( I still know most of it now) and yet there isn't a good song amongst them. Nothing to bring the nation together before a game, or hear on the radio to sing along too as we wait for the next game to arrive. Until we get one this is going to be a poor World Cup.
Reason 7: No Play maker in Midfield
Reason 8: No-one To Score Goals
Reason 9: History
No European team has ever won the World Cup outside of their own continent. Surprised? Well its a fact. Lets look at the recent history starting from 1970. South America (Mexico) 1970 winners Brazil, South America (Argentina ) 1978 winners Argentina, South America (Mexico) 1986 winners Argentina, 1994 North America (USA) winners Brazil, 2002 Asia (South Korea/Japan) winners Brazil. This years tournament Africa (South Africa) winners ????. So history is against us and all other teams from Europe, to break this hoodoo. Personally I think we will struggle to cope with the heat and humidity of the region we are playing in. I don't think we will be the only country to have this issue but hey we have a ready made excuse for our failure don't we.
Reason 10: Desire
Having now listed my ten reasons why I don think we will win the World Cup I will still be there on the 11th June, beer in hand, England shirt on, face painted and hoping against hope that we win it. I've had 37 years of hurt and its about time this England team payed me back for my loyal support and won the damn thing before I die!.
So if you agree say so if not say so its now over to you. Am I right or am I wrong?