I've always had high expectations of England going into any tournament. Not anymore.
At the last Euro Championship I knew we had no realistic chance of winning it - that was genuinely a first for me. Got to say that I enjoyed that
tournament far more than any other that I can recall watching in the last 40 odd years.
England will not win The World Cup, of that we can be certain.
If we get out of the Group stages we will have done well.
We have some talented youngsters, we need to blood them and prepare for Russia in 2018 and beyond.
Hodgson has been relatively bold in his squad selection, (I would have liked him to have taken Stones as well), lets hope he continues in that vein
with his starting line-up and his tactics.
I think you can discount most of the European nations.
Obviously Germany and Spain have chances but a long season and the climate may go against them.
Italy could always surprise and Belgium has some great individuals.
It would be foolhardy to rule out the hosts Brazil and Argentina has some incredibly talented players.
Colombia and Uruguay should do well.
The best priced 40/1 on offer for Colombia looks quite generous so I guess I'll be having a couple of quid on them and my tip for the best rank
outsider, 150/1 generally available for the Ivory Coast.
But all things considered I'm hoping to see Argentina drift out in the betting and if I can get 6/1 with anyone I may just have a decent punt on
I'd love to be proven wrong in my assessment and see England do really well.
Nothings impossible, remember Greece in Euro 2004 and Denmark in Sweden in 1992.
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