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Brief history of England at World Cups.

The big question right now will be can England win this World Cup. People who watched England compete in the 1966 World Cup cannot believe that, 56 years later, the three lions have not accomplished that achievement once more. The Sir Alf Ramsey team is still the only English team to have ever won the World Cup despite competing in 15 different competitions. Germany, the tournament’s runner-up, and England’s longtime adversaries have since won three additional championships. When you consider the talents who have graced the international stage for England, the fact is increasingly harder to believe. Who doesn’t recall the talented Paul Gascoigne or the heyday of the Lampards, Rooneys, and Gerrads? However, it has never really happened. This world cup should serve as a turning point (on paper). The stars are aligned for the Gareth Southgate coached team based on history and circumstance winners.

The last three world cup winners.

Any team that has won the World Cup in the last three occasions must have had a unique situation in their league, according to history. Consider Spain, who won the competition in 2010. In Barcelona and Real Madrid, they boasted perhaps the finest and second-best teams in the entire world.Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, the teams’ managers in that division, were also the best in the world . However, that is not the only instance. Germany’s league was the best prior to them  winning the 2014 World Cup. Munich and Dortmund, two German teams, advanced to the CL final the year before. Even though they lost, Dortmund had the manager who in 2019  would lead the Liverpool team to absolute dominance. France in 2018 had a league that as developing to become one of the finest. PSG had splashed the world record fee to bring in Neymar just years earlier. A young team led by Kylian Mbappe and Bernado Silva were also showing how the league was dominant.

What have England got?

 As a result, nobody can deny that for the past few seasons, the English league has been the greatest in the world. You won’t need to dig very far to corroborate that. The premier league generates by far the most television revenue among the top European leagues, which has increased the amount of money in the division. The playoff game to advance to the premiership is actually the game with the biggest financial significance in the entire world. Consequently, the Premier League has drawn the best managers in the world since they can afford to spend more money there. Heavyweight managers including Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelloti, Antonio Conte, and Thomas Tuchel have coached in the Premier League since the last World Cup.

Consider the current situation in which Unai Emery left Villareal for the weaker Aston Villa. The influx of these elite managers has been extremely beneficial to the English team. The coaches on their club sides have substantially increased the players’ awareness of the game for the national squad. Consider Kyle Walker of Manchester City, the right back has once stated that Pep Guardiola has taught him a different side of the game.that he never knew existed.  Harry Kane, the captain of England, has  also benefited from the top-notch coaching. He has played for outstanding managers like Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Mauricio Pochetino in recent years. Other successes include Henderson under Klopp, Pickford under Carlo, and John Stones and Sterling under Pep.

The Youth Setup.

The best young players in the world are also mostly from England. This is attributable to the foundations established by a number of clubs in their academies. The national team has profited enormously from this. There are many young players on the national squad who have advanced significantly since the last world cup. For instance, Mason Mount helped Chelsea win the 2021 Champions League, Phil Foden is a world-class player for Manchester City, and Bukayo Saka is driving Arsenal to an unexpected title run in the Premier League. Additionally, Jude Bellingham consistently puts in fantastic performances in the Champions League, which has major clubs vying for his services. Declan Rice has become the anchor that England midfield cannot live without.

All eyes on Gareth.

Even though the English team’s most recent performances have been rather unimpressive, Gareth Southgate should be credited for the team’s ongoing development. The former Middlesbrough captain and manager has led the team to well in every competition since taking over for Sam Allardyce in 2016. Taking over a team that had performed poorly at Euro 2016, Gareth led them to the 2018 world cup’s semi finals and the Euro 2020 finals. But even with all of that, a tournament may be challenging. Particularly when you are competing against the world’s top teams.

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By Ansias

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