England World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament

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England World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament
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As England once again attempt to win the World Cup, this time in Brazil, there's an unusually calm air amongst their supporters and across the media. The usual frenzied, misplaced optimism has been replaced by feet-on-the-ground pragmatism. No one expects England to win the tournament and that, perhaps more than anything, will help them exceed expectations for once.

They also travel to Brazil with a young, talented squad. Gone, it seems, is the over-reliance on the "Golden Generation", with only a few experienced heads surviving the cull. There's a fresh focus and England will see the benefit of this approach in the future, if not this summer.

For England or, indeed, any European side to win the World Cup on South American soil will be difficult, and their group will be tough to negotiate. But manager Roy Hodgson has in his midst a group of talented young players who may spring a surprise or two.

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