England are in a quarter final of a world cup for the first time since 2002! If they win they will be in their first world cup semi final since 1990 and only their third world cup semi ever!
The nation is excited but also as always deluded! England so far have played shit! They have had the easiest run up to the semi’s or even the final I have ever seen any team have. Avoiding Germany (who was knocked out in the first round) and Brazil, Uruguay, France, Spain, Portugal all the big teams, they’re either out all the other side of the draw.
So far in their four games they just about beat Tunisia, thrashed Panama 6-1 (sounds impressive until we consider Switzerland beat them 6-0 in a friendly before the world cup started, what the fuck are Panama doing at a world cup especially when we consider there is no Italy, no Holland and no Chile and probably a whole host of other teams that are better than Panama) and the England B team lost to the Belgium B team in a terrible game.
And then you have the game against Colombia. I love South American football but this was not the greatest Colombian team I have ever seen, especially without James Rodriguez a player that would have been the most talented on the pitch if he would have been fit.
England started pretty good but after half an hour they seemed to get progressively worse. Fair enough they won by penalty shootout but be real they were unconvincing, uncreative and very lucky.
What is crazy is England could get all the way to a world cup final with Croatia or Colombia being the best they would have played to get there (the second team played against Belgium in a match that meant nothing due to both teams already qualifying.)
Could they win it? Well Greece won the European cup in 2004. Argentina won it in 1978 despite the Dutch having a great team in that one. Brazil 2002 beat Turkey, Costa Rica, China PR, Belgium (not a great Belgium team), England and Turkey before beating Germany in the final. So there is a chance they could win it.
Sweden have not looked good at all, I watched them against Germany and Switzerland. England should definitely beat them. Croatia have been mixed, they looked good beating Argentina. Russia have also been mixed.
Do I think think England will win it? Hell NO. Why? Since 1990 England have only won 2 world cup games in the knockout round. Since 1966 the only teams England have beat in knock out football Including the European Cup are Belgium, Cameroon, Spain (on penalties,) Denmark, Ecuador and Colombia (on penalties!) Not impressive.
Do I want them to win it? FUCK NO. England fans are a disgrace, to their credit they seem to have behaved in Russia (probably out of fear of being battered by Russian people) but too many England fans are racist, small minded dicks.
E.g. I was on YouTube watching a few highlights and quickly reading comments. The comments section were filled with comments like “well played Portugal from Iran” and “unlucky Iran from Spain” and so on, loads of nice calm comments from normal people enjoying the world cup.
Then we had England and Tunisia, the comments from England fans were disgraceful “cheating Muslims scum” and all kinds WTF man its just a stupid game. Grow the fuck up.
Loving the England fans singing “you’re shit but your birds are fit” to the Swedish fans though and the response from the Swedish fans “go home to your ugly wives” was equally great.