REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU’VE SEEN thus far from these teams in the 2014 World Cup, they will not be the ones to lift the trophy on July 13.
England will buckle under the pressure of eternal disappointment.
Every four years, English fans grab onto whatever they can as they brace for the emotional earthquake that participating in a World Cup brings. But ever since they won at home in 1966, nothing has gone their way. This time around, England is in one of the “Groups of Death” along with Italy (to whom they’ve already lost), Uruguay, and Costa Rica. A solid team with great players — Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney — but they’ll only be taking home a chunk of grass from the field as a souvenir.