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Rooney has been unsettled recently regarding his club, but that should not be allowed to affect his international performances.
We shouldn’t really have to include a team with such individual talents in the "stealers" list, but it seems as though stellar individuals not being able to gel as a team pretty much sums England up.
We’re not going to sit here and discuss what can be done about it—that’s the FA’s problem—but we can make bold predictions about how it will turn out.
England are notorious for giving their supporters a near by-pass before just scraping through—remember David Beckham’s free kick against Greece in 2002? But it’s not just leaving the goals until the last minute this time around; rather, it looks as though leaving top form until the last minute has become the fashion. Though, hasn’t that always been the case?
England should be one of the teams that breezes through the qualifiers, like Germany and Belgium have done so well recently. They haven’t done that, but the last time they failed to qualify for the World Cup was USA 1994—that won’t happen again, at least not this time around.
There are too many talented players and Roy Hodgson is too experienced to let that happen, but he will have to keep an eye on Montenegro. They sit with 14 points above England and Ukraine, who are on 12 and 11 respectively, albeit with an extra game already played.
That said, it won’t be easy, and while England will most likely qualify, it may be through the playoffs, but they can deal with that. What David Luiz said the other day was pretty much the truth, but he made the wrong point. He told The Sun that England don’t have the right mentality to win tournaments, which is true, but what is more accurate is that let alone winning, England rarely deserve to even be there.
Yet somehow they always are.