World Cup 2018: 5 reasons why England can win the title
The World Cup is approaching fast and Russia is preparing to host one of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments in the world. The World Cup brings together several nations from all over the globe, living together, partying together, and watching football together.
The sights and sounds of a World Cup tournament can rarely be matched by any other sport and this is the stage where national heroes are born.
Current champions Germany are hot favourites to win the tournament again. Brazil is also being mentioned on the lips of many fans, but does anyone really consider England as a serious competitor?
With a new generation of players filtered in, this could be the tournament where England finally showed the quality of its players.
Manager Gareth Southgate has admitted that the youngsters in his squad may need a few major international matches to experience what is it like before they seriously compete for international silverware, but inside he must be quietly confident of producing a shock.
Here are five reasons why England can overcome the odds to win the World Cup.
#1 They have an easy group
England has been drawn in group G alongside Panama, Tunisia, and Belgium.
The most testing from those fixtures is expected to be Belgium and Southgate will be feeling confident of securing a top two spot to book a place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Finishing first in the group will be an obvious target for England and goal difference could be a key factor. Therefore, beating Panama and Tunisia by a significant scoreline would be helpful and would also increase the confidence of the team.
Playing Belgium last in the group fixtures is also good for England because they could already have secured passage into the next round by then, which will then allow the players to play with more freedom.