2010 Soccer World Cup Team Reviews – Enigmatic England

Well the Soccer World Cup will be on us soon and I am excited and absolutely looking for some great entertainment. I have watched all World Cups since the 1986 one on TV and it beats anything else in viewing pleasure. The Great Game brings a Global participation that is unique. Passions fly high and there are so many things to follow – the best forward, the best defenders, the best Goal Keepers, Moments of Magic, Penalty Shoot Outs, the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball and your favorite teams/players.

I thought I’d write a bit about my favorite teams leading into the World Cup. I’ll start with the team everyone loves to beat – England. The EPL is easily the best league in the world in terms of pace and quality of games. However England has faced the Quarter Final ceiling for quite some time now in the World Cup. 1990 was their last Semi Final appearance I think against Germany.  They have just the one win in 1966. They have looked the side to beat in 1998 and 2006 but bad luck has thwarted them in progressing further. In 1986 they were undone by a double whammy – Maradona magic and the Hand of God. Again their side really looks good.

  • Robert GREEN
  • Joe HART
  • David JAMES
  • Leighton BAINES
  • Gareth BARRY
  • Darren BENT
  • Jamie CARRAGHER
  • Michael CARRICK
  • Ashley COLE
  • Joe COLE
  • Peter CROUCH
  • Michael DAWSON
  • Jermain DEFOE
  • Rio FERDINAND
  • Steven GERRARD
  • Emile HESKEY
  • Tom HUDDLESTONE
  • Adam JOHNSON
  • Glen JOHNSON
  • Ledley KING
  • Frank LAMPARD
  • Aaron LENNON
  • James MILNER
  • Scott PARKER
  • Wayne ROONEY
  • John TERRY
  • Matt UPSON
  • Theo WALCOTT
  • Stephen WARNOCK
  • Shaun WRIGHT-PHILLIPS

But the reason I like their chance is their coach Fabio Capello. He has got them working together well and seems to be making the right moves. Some of the Golden generation of English football are present – Gerard, Lampard, Terry, Ashley Cole,  Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand – probably their last chance for glory. Rooney is in great form and it will be an interesting battle for the player of the tournament between him, Ronaldo and Messi. But he has the best chance, since I feel Argentina and Portugal are weaker teams. Also the support cast of Carrick, Crouch, Heskey , Defoe is also good. They have depth and are well covered in the Goal. Defensively they could have a problem because of Terry/Wayne Bridge situation, Waynebridge is not playing and Terry has lost form. However Capello will look  to Ashley Cole to “bridge” that gap.

The team has pace, is cohesive and has the stars but it somehow doesn’t look like the team at the last World Cup. Beckham and Owen made the difference. Though they are not the clear favorites, this team has it to go all the way.

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About Pramod Parmeshwaran

I love writing and expressing myself. I am a software entrepreneur by profession, a voracious reader by hobby and sports crazy by nature
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