Published on May 12th, 2014 | by admin0
Just One Month To Go Until The 2014 FIFA World Cup
With the start of the World Cup in Brazil exactly just one month away, excitement is really starting to grow to 12th June when the host nation will take on Croatia to kick-off the festival of football.
After the conclusion of the Premier League title race and the announcement of the preliminary England squad that will make the plane to Rio, all eyes are focused on Roy Hodgson’s preparations for the 20th World Cup Finals.
With the daunting prospect of facing Italy and then Uruguay in their first two Group D matches before facing Costa Rica, expectations are perhaps lower than for previous World Cup tournaments in terms of just how far England can progress.
Can England fans dare to dream that captain Steven Gerrard will be getting his hands on the World Cup trophy and repeat the success of 1966 when a Sir Geoff Hurst hat-trick saw England defeat Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium?
England’s best showing since 1966 was a semi-final appearance in 1990 when they suffered an agonising defeat to Germany in the penalty shootout as Germany emerged victorious 4-3. Setting perhaps more realistic expectations, England has reached the quarter-finals on three occasions since winning the competition on home soil and only the second round twice.
At least we should be grateful that England has qualified at all. Graham Taylor’s England team failed to qualify for the 1994 tournament held in the United States.
Members of the 1966 World Cup winning team including Bobby Charlton and Gordon Banks remain some of our greatest football heroes to this day. The class of 2014 has the opportunity to join these distinguished names and become national heroes in the modern era.
Whilst the nation doesn’t necessarily expect this time around, it doesn’t hurt to dream does it?