England book some friendlies
England will close out their 125th anniversary celebrations with two friendly matches at Wembley next month.
October 18th, 2013
While the likes of Croatia, Sweden, France and Group H runners-up Ukraine will play each other over two legs to determine which four teams get the final places in next summer’s World Cup, England have had the opportunity to book friendly matches against Chile and Germany on the 15th and 19th November. Both teams have already qualified for the tournament too; while the first game will provide us with a good opportunity to scout the level of opposition on offer, the second will provide the media with more excuses to get all frenzied about goal-line technology. Possibly.
These fixture bookings arrive along with the news that, as determined by FIFA rankings, England may end up in a group with Germany at the World Cup because they have not been seeded for the draw. Other possible opponents include Brazil, Spain and Argentina – although it’d be only one of those four as seeded sides would not be placed into ‘the hat’ together.
So what can we expect from an England side who had to leave it this late to make flight reservations? According to one player trying to get back into the side, the sky is the limit. (Yep, that was on purpose given the over-used planes metaphor.)
Joe Cole thinks England can win it. He reckons Roy Hodgson will obviously be “playing down” their chances but “I’m thinking England can go there and win it”, he told BBC Sport.
England are 20/1 with Paddy Power to win the tournament; they’re 2/1 to depart in the second round. If it weren’t for that good old fighting English spirit/arrogance without evidence to back up our claims, you’d think we didn’t really have a chance wouldn’t you?