Can England win the World Cup? Why not?

Can England win the World Cup? Why not?

England's bid for next year's World Cup already feels different from their previous challenges.

After so many failed campaigns when they promised so much, the Three Lions will not march off to Brazil chattering about returning home with the trophy.

The talk right now is only about focus and hard work.

The bravado and brash talk have gone. No predictions have been forthcoming.

No misplaced phrases like "golden generation" bandied about.

It is why the English will be serious contenders to win the World Cup next year.

Big-time egos like Ferdinand and Terry are missing.

Player power has been shredded.

The message from Roy Hodgson right down to the rank and file is about putting heads down and working together for the cause.

It is mantra for success.

England finished top of their qualifying group, unbeaten in 10 games.

When the main challenge was provided by the likes of Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro, it will not be enough to raise eyebrows in the football capitals of Rio, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome and Berlin.

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