5 Things That Need to Happen for England to Win World Cup 2014

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5 Things That Need to Happen for England to Win World Cup 2014
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England have won the FIFA World Cup just once in their history: the 1966 tournament held on home soil, where they defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final, after extra time.

Since then, every four years, the nation's collective hopes are built up that further glory is just around the corner. It generally isn't.

In fact, England's World Cup record since their sole victory barely passes "reasonable" on the success barometer.

From the 11 tournaments since they lifted the Jules Rimet trophy, England have reached the semifinals on just one single occasion (1990), and have in fact failed to qualify for the finals of three editions ('74, '78, '94).

Even so, expectation will be high once more in 2014 that the side can be successful in Brazil, giving present manager Roy Hodgson an awful lot to take care of to satisfy expectations as opposed to dampening them in his usual manner.

Here are five things that need to happen for England to have a shot of lifting the famous golden trophy.

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