The World Cup is just 13 days away and the excitement for the tournament is heating up. Here are ten reasons why you should be excited.
1. World Class Players
We’re going to be seeing the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Diego Costa, Xavi, Iniesta and Luis Suarez (maybe) and lots more on our television screens, entertaining the whole world.
There is a sense of low expectation around the whole tournament for England. Unlike previous tournaments, where the three lions’ chances were hyped up by the media only to be disappointed with some dismal showings, the expectation is at a record low and we hope this inspires the England team to come out of the tournament having achieved something. England also look set to deploy a whole host of young players, amongst them Lallana, Barkley and Sterling – all of whom can shake things up.
3. Wayne Rooney
Rooney has got something to prove at this tournament having been totally useless in the last ones. He is fit, raring to go and even admitted himself there are no excuses this time. He is a fantastic striker at club level, he’s shown that to everyone, now it’s his turn to do it on the international stage. Where he fits into England’s best eleven remains to be seen.
The Americans could have a potential striker problem, with Clint Dempsey picking up a slight injury (that shouldn’t rule him out for too long), and Jurgen Klinsmann leaving Landon Donovan out of the squad. It’s going to be interesting to see how the USA cope without Donovan, whose experience and quality could have really helped them. In Group G with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, the USA will need something really special to get more than a couple of points.
The Belgian squad is simply sensational, they have got some superb players. Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet are the two goalkeepers, the defence includes Premier League stars such as Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen. In midfield, Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele are two quality players. As for the forwards, where to start? Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Adnan Januzaj are all going to help Belgium this summer, and I expect them to do well at this tournament. They’ve certainly got the players, now all they need to do is come together as a team. Do that, and I can see them reaching the Semi-Finals.
Always controversial, it’s going to be interesting to see how Balotelli performs this summer. He has all the talent, it’s the attitude that sometimes lacks. Personally, I hope he doesn’t have a great World Cup, because Italy are in England’s group, but the Azzuri are hoping their star striker performs on the big stage.
7. Beautiful Stadiums
The Maracana is one of the best looking stadium’s around and holds over 70,000 people. It will host the final and is the largest arena at the tournament.
8. No more vuvuzelas
The most annoying thing that makes the worst noise you will ever hear was fortunately only in South Africa and we don’t have to mute our TV screens anymore, meaning we can actually enjoy the noises coming from the stadiums. I hope I haven’t cursed it now.
9. The Trophy
Just look at it, it’s absolutely beautiful. It features 4.9 kg of 18 karat gold and we’d all love to see Steven Gerrard lifting it in the Marcana on the 13th July.
10. Goal-Line Technology
Ask any Englishman what they remember the most prominently about our 4-1 horror show against Germany, and they probably won’t say the result. They will probably say Frank Lampard’s perfectly fine volley not being awarded as a goal. Thankfully, there is a far less chance of that happening in this tournament because goal-line technology is going to be at the World Cup and we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief.