England may have beaten African champions Egypt 3-1 last Wednesday night but it seems fans and bookies have been left equally unimpressed by the performance, especially in the first hour of the game.
England started the second-half 1-0 down with several players not performing to their full potential, but after several substitutions things picked up. The result of the match is certainly a positive and if England play to best of their capabilities at the World Cup then you would expect them to justify expectations.
The first game most fans will be looking out for at the World Cup is England v USA which is England’s first game of the campaign. A win in that match should ensure England qualify as group winners, most probably with the maximum nine points. It was England’s second opponents Algeria who knocked Egypt out of the World Cup qualifying in a play-off, so they shouldn’t be underestimated.
The final England group game is England v Slovenia, and England’s recent winning form against Slovenia suggests that it should be the most straightforward three points of England’s campaign.
Many are writing England off at the World Cup but one of the things in England’s favour is the draw. England could get away without playing any of the so-called bigger teams until the World Cup semi-final. Considering in recent years England have met Argentina and Portugal early on in proceedings this has to be their best chance in decades.