Jack Wilshere‘s response to England‘s daunting 2014 World Cup draw shows the attitude Roy Hodgson‘s team should take to Brazil next summer.
After all the talk, England were landed in arguably 2014’s most potent Group of Death: Uruguay, Italy, England and Costa Rica. The reaction from England fans and media gave a clear idea of the lack of optimism and sense of doom for England’s chances next summer. With a fairly average squad quality and lack of recent tournament success, it is understandable.
But Wilshere, England and Arsenal‘s bright young hope, tweeted a great response:
Tough group…but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) December 6, 2013
This is the attitude England have to take. Too many times the Three Lions have entered World Cups under huge mental pressure — a fear that they either aren’t good enough, or will fail to meet expectations. With such low expectations this time, England should take this as a chance to give it a go. The odds are against them, and there is nothing to lose; just go for it, be excited and if they progress from the group, they’ll be buoyant.
If England do reach the final 16 of the World Cup next summer, they would then face one of the following four: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan. That is a bonus that many England fans are ignoring. Yes, the task of getting out of the group is very tough, but they must take some confidence in the fact they are only slight underdogs.
It is great to see Wilshere taking an attitude that will only help the England team: confidence, hunger and excitement. More of that means more team spirit, less fear and more optimism.