5 Reasons Why England Can Win the 2014 World Cup

5 Reasons Why England Can Win the 2014 World Cup

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England's best finish at a World Cup since the country hosted and won in 1966 came in 1990, where they placed fourth after losing to the host nation Italy by a score of 2-1 in the bronze medal match. Footy fans in England are starved for an opportunity to cheer deep into the tournament and put everything else in life on hold. Here are five reasons why the English may get to do so.

5. Fan Support

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5. Fan Support

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England has some of the most avid sporting fans in all the world, and they love their football. Hooliganism and football are synonymous terms in England. Fans have never been hesitant to make the trip to the World Cup host nation. Considering English residents need only a passport, and not a visa as well to travel to Brazil, that ease of access means there should be plenty of Three Lions supporters on hand in the stadiums and streets of Brazil.

4. Stronger Group Stage Competition Than South Africa 2010

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4. Stronger Group Stage Competition Than South Africa 2010

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In 2010, Italy was a huge disappointment after not making it to the knockout stages of the World Cup. If England can manage a win versus them in group play, their chances of advancing are strong. Given that England's group in South Africa was not as skilled as this time around, they may have played down to the competition somewhat and were ill-prepared for Germany in the knockout stage. Better competition this time around should be beneficial.

3. Decreased Expectations

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3. Decreased Expectations

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Take this with a grain of salt, because there will always be pressure for any team to perform on the world stage, and England is hardly an exception. But for Brazil 2014, it feels like the pressure for England to win is not as high as it was for the squads of 2010 South Africa and 2006 Germany. In those tournaments, they were the highest FIFA ranked team in each respective group. In 2014, they are behind Uruguay (six) and Italy (nine) in Group D.

2. Leadership

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2. Leadership

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Along with fellow Group D competitor Diego Forlan of Uruguay, English captain Steven Gerrard has 108 career caps for his national team. Gerrard will be one of the more experienced players in the tournament, and that is never a bad thing for the heart of the squad's midfield. Frank Lampard is the second-most experienced member on the squad with 104 caps, also very impressive.

1. Wayne Rooney

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1. Wayne Rooney

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He is sometimes regarded as the finest striker of his generation. At 28, this will likely be Rooney's final World Cup appearance during his prime. He has the ability to solely change the outcome of any game he plays in, and his hunger level for being crowned a champion will have a lot to do with England's degree of success in Brazil 2014.

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