I have managed to map a perfect route for England to get to the World Cup Final. Here it is:
1. We win our group with 9 points trouncing a below par USA team 3-0 in the first game.
2. Germany in the second round. England win 1-0 with a late Wayne Rooney goal in extra-time.
3. We beat Argentina 4-0 in the quarter final after Messi refuses to play in Maradona's madcap 3-2-1-3-1 system.
4. England beat Portugal on penalties to reach the final, laying to rest the ghost of the last two tournament exits.
Then, unfortunately, we'd probably have Spain in the final. They're a bit good. That could be troublesome.
Today I'm hopeful. Next Sunday could be very different though. I am very cynical when it comes to our national team in tournaments.