pinkpink: England won't win World Cup but draw gives us chance to improve

England won't win World Cup but draw gives us chance to improve

Dec 4 2017 at 02:29

We talk about good draws and bad draws before every major finals, yet nothing ever materialises for England and history tells us that things can go horribly wrong.So, although we are in a decent group, I am not going to start plotting our way through to the latter stages just yet. Men'sReebokJoonasKorpisaloPremierNavyBlueHomeNHLJersey:ColumbusBlueJackets#70We have not won a knock-out match at a tournament since we beat Ecuador in the last-16 of the 2006 World Cup, which is part of the reason expectations are so low from the fans right now.I know there are Cortez Kennedy Womens Jersey no big-hitters waiting for us in the last-16 this time, which is another positive - we would play Poland, Colombia, Senegal or Japan if we get through - but I think we have to be realistic and realise where we are at as a team. NikeNFLDavidSharpeWhiteJerseyMen'sElite:#71OaklandRaidersRoadVaporUntouchable Yes, we have a great record when it comes to qualifying - we have not lost any of our last 39 matches, going back to 2009 - but since the 2010 World Cup, our record at finals has been poor.That's why we should concentrate on getting out of our group first before we worry too much Jimmy Hayes Jersey about who we could face in  the next round, because doing that has  been difficult enough in the past.It will be key to get off to a good start against Tunisia, which brings back happy memories for me of scoring when England beat them in Marseille in our opening game at the 1998 World Cup. In tournament football, it is always hugely important not to lose your first group match - but I think we have got a great chance of winning it, which would give us plenty of confidence.As Gareth says, he does not know much about Tunisia or Panama. The homework on them starts now, and he will make sure the players are fully prepared. But he will already know everything about Belgium, who we face in our final group game.We see their stars like Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku showing off their brilliant skills in the Premier League every week, and that is going to be an extremely tough match. It is one I am really looking forward to, Adam Eaton Jersey though, and it might be a game that brings the best out of England.Historically, I think we have always put our better performances in against the best teams, and facing Belgium will focus the minds of all the Derek Wolfe Womens Jersey players, whatever has happened beforehand. I do not think England will go to Russia and win the World Cup because I do not expect us to all of a sudden go from being terrible to being world beaters.But what I am expecting to see is some  improvement and signs of progress. That should not be hard because we have been dreadful in recent tournaments, and our performances and results have been hugely disappointing.By improvement, I mean winning games - and in two of our group games, against Tunisia and Panama, we should have a hell of chance of doing

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