World Cup Betting: Four reasons why England can win the 2018 World Cup
May 07, 2018
But ahead of the 2018 World Cup on Russian territory, there is little belief that the current crop of Three Lions players can actually go all the way in the competition, for a change.
This may actually work in their favour this time around, as Gareth Southgate looks to enjoy a successful tournament on foreign soil, with a roster full of attacking wealth and impressive stars from the Premier League.
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So, whether or not fans think they can go on and incredibly clinch the World Cup trophy for the second time in the country’s history this summer, here are four reasons why England can do exactly that in Russia.
Lack of hope and expectations
Heading to Russia the Three Lions are presently seen as big 16/1 outsiders with Betway to get their hands on football’s greatest prize this summer on their travels.
Typically, England can be found among some of the favourites, such as Germany and Brazil, in the lead up to big tournaments such as this.
But fans, pundits and those in the media have little hope or high expectations for Southgate’s men on their Russian travels, which should actually work to their advantage with their being less pressure to do well here.
No media pressure
As a result of the lack of hope and expectations currently on the England side, the media have laid off the players set to embark on the journey to Russia.
There have been some issues with the likes of Harry Kane during the latter stages of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, but nothing that should disrupt the Three Lions camp in their preparations.
In former camps the players involved in World Cups and European Championships have been hounded by the press, along with their families, particularly the likes of superstar names such as Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
That seems to have cooled this time around, with there being some help in the fact no real worldwide superstar names appear in the current crop of Three Lions, apart from maybe Kane or Raheem Sterling.
Comfortable group to begin with
England will kickstart their World Cup campaign in Group G alongside all of Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
The Belgians will be confident of progressing to the knock out stages and going quite deep into the tournament, like they achieved at Euro 2016, having finally lived up to some of their hype and potential.
But both Tunisia and Panama represent routine results for England on paper. Of course, this has been the case before and they have managed to somehow mess proceedings up.
Although, on the face of it in their group standings, Southgate and co should be more than capable of earning progression to the round of 16, subsequently easing any pressure.
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Host of in-form Premier League stars
The 2017/18 Premier League season saw a host of English players rise to prominence or continue their rich run of form.
Tottenham frontman Harry Kane maintained his rampant streak in front of goal, but the performances of Sterling under the guidance of Pep Guardiola for champions Manchester City really caught the eye.
Previously stuttering in the English top tier, Sterling has become a vital star at the Etihad and he could prove to be vital for England this summer.
Meanwhile, the likes of Jesse Linagrd, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford all enjoying promising seasons too.
Of course, Spurs sharpshooter Kane will likely be the main, filling the void left by retired all-time scorer Wayne Rooney, as he prepares to lead the line on Russian soil.