You’ve read the headline and think I’m mad, don’t you? I’m not suggesting England will win the World Cup; I do, however, think they stand an excellent chance of making a sizeable dent in this summer’s showpiece.
My reasoning is two-pronged: the emergence of Liverpool as potential title winners and Roy Hodgson’s employment of Dr Steve Peters (above), sports psychologist to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
A number of young players have blossomed this season; most notably Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. When you add these young starlets to the likes of Gerrard and Rooney, you start to quickly see a thick current of talent running through the side.
Peters’ work with the Liverpool squad has been absolutely phenomenal and if he can replicate that ‘no fear’ drive in this England side, then Roy’s boys could cause quite a surprise out in Brazil come June.