As the World Cup draw was being announced just a couple of weeks ago, there was a familiar mixture of feelings only an England football supporter can truly understand. A mixture of dread, anticipation, excitement and, oh yes, even a sprinkling of hope. It’s nearly time again for 32 great footballing teams from around the globe to come together, to battle, to celebrate, and to even cry, as the World Cup is up for grabs yet again. Whilst sport updates from Francesco Corallo can keep you informed with all things sporty and Italian, all eyes next year all be on the appending World Cup Finals in Brazil.
England’s campaign kicks off (pun intended) with the ever flamboyant Italians. They have a certain reputation for being fiery characters, and there is no denying this is one of their strongest teams in recent years. With the likes of De Rossi, Pirlo and the ever-entertaining Balotelli in the starting line-up, many are sadly predicting a loss for the England opener. Next up on June 19th is Uruguay (yes, the date is already in the diary – hubby and I won’t be missing it!). For what will be an exceptionally difficult opening for the young England squad, there is a high chance it will be all guns blazing to get those remaining points to secure a top 16 slot. All eyes will be on Liverpool teammates Luis Suarez and Steve Gerard in yet another toughie, but we are optimistic for this game. Continue reading