England Can Still Win World Cup In South Africa


What we have this year at England, that we haven’t had since Bobby Robson was England manager back in the 1990 World Cup, is a coach who is not only good enough to win the World Cup, but believes 100% that England can and will win it.

Fabio Capello – with that look of steel

Now Fabio could be wrong – but that’s what he believes.

The manager  is trying desperately to hammer into the England players that winning attitude, that could still bring England the World Cup in South Africa.

Forget about the USA game, it’s far better to give away a stupid goal like we did – in our very first game – than in our last game.

And that’s because there’s plenty of time for England  to improve as the tournament progresses, and if we can recapture the good form we showed in winning 8 of the 9 qualifying games, we can do it.

And today Peter Crouch has said that Capello has urged the England players to still believe in themselves – despite their disappointing result and performance against the United States – who let’s fact it did play very well.

Crouch, who we expected to start the game, but appeared as a second-half substitute for Heskey, after Emile has missed a sitter – said today:

“The manager knows we can do better.””He told us he saw things in the first game that were encouraging and he has taken them and told us we should still believe in ourselves and what we are doing.”

“Those are the things we need to take into the next game.” “Obviously we can improve and we know that but there were those encouraging signs as well.”

“We were disappointed not to have won the game.”  “When we scored the early goal, we thought we’d go on and do that but it wasn’t to be.”

“I think a lot of the first games in groups don’t quite live up to expectations. It’s often the way.”  “Hopefully we will go on and do a lot better from now on.”

“We all know that and we have to make sure we get it right, starting against Algeria.”  “But we didn’t lose the game, like a lot of people seem to be making out and we’ve got to go forward with confidence.”

We have to hope the England players listen carefully to Capello, who has always been a winner, and we hope he can inject that same steely winning attitude into the England players.

If he can do that then there’s no reason at all we couldn’t win the whole  thing in South Africa – no reason at all.

But you have to believe it before you can do it!

But our game on Friday against Algeria will be important – because England need a good win.

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10 comments so far

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 15, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    You have to have faith but this is a pretty obvious article to write Ed because we can still win the world cup logically
    Problem is do we lack in quality and passion? Maybe and the likes of Spain have the est quality and the strongest passion

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  • boater

    Jun 15, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    hey y’never know we may get lucky, gerrard might start feeding rooney with chance after chance and somehow avoid the big teams all the way through to the final.

    Beckenbauer is right. When clubs like arsenal, liverpool and to a lesser extent manure and chelsea all fail to invest in developing home grown youth – you are going to find make-shift internationals like milner, lennon, heskey, barry, upson, green, swp in your team –

    germany, spain, brazil, holland, argentina will pick us to pieces. If we can manage to avoid germany, I would still rate our chances against ghana or serbia at about evens. Then argentina are waiting for us..

    don’t hold your breath for england glory this summer, just enjoy the spectacle and get ready for the new season.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #3

    On our day we could beat anyone but those days seem few and far between!

    Can’t see a “new” winner and expect one of the usual suspects to win the wc again.

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  • Bucks mag

    Jun 15, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    This World Cup is absolutely s**t.

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  • noir9

    Jun 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Even with all the hype & spin, I’ve got to agree with bucks. England can & will get better, but the rooneys etc have got to find their form.

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  • MacToon

    Jun 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #6

    The first round of games are usually pretty cagey so don’t see it being any different from other world cups!

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Jun 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #7

    my god this blog has gotten oh so very boring since the end of the season! Everyday its just articles which are just questions about who we “might sign” or might be interested in, and now its just an england blog, i can just read the papers to get what we read on here now! I’ve never known someone to write so much without actually saying anything worthwile or informative, i wont be reading this blog anymore untill the world cups over and i see us sign someone on sky sports news!!

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  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #8

    rich toon bristol has got a point but to be honest, Eds doing his best to keep the log alive due to a lack of toon related news recently in the media
    I am sick and tired of boring news but Eds made the best out of what is out there so keep it up Ed!!!

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  • geordielad880

    Jun 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Team to start against algeria:-

    ————————-james

    G.johnson——terry———-upson——–A.Cole

    Lennon———lampard——barry———j.cole

    ——————gerrard
    ——————————–rooney

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  • jimiley

    Jun 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #10

    England have as much chance of winning the cup as NUFC has of winning the Premiership. Why? because they are so overrated. The players like Gerard and Carragher are past their best and the players are not that good. Some of the players look quality in their club teams but that is when they are assisted by world class players like Fabregas and Torres and they can then bully crap teams like NUFC and Brum etc etc. Take those same England players out of their bullying club teams to form an England team and they hardly ever dominate a top team. In the last 20 years we have walloped Germany 5 – 1 and many years ago we beat Holland 4-1, but they are the exceptions. We are not underperforming, that’s what we are because we play average football most of the time. If Rooney is not playing well, we have very little to offer. There are at least half a dozen better teams than us.

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