Germany, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain are all out of the World Cup, and this leaves Brazil, England, France, and Belgium, along with numerous underdogs, to fight it out for the top prize.
However, in view of all this, one shouldn’t at all be surprised if it is England that comes out on top and finally bags the big prize. Here’s what will happen if that occurs:
European Dominance Continues
Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010, Germany in 2014, and now possibly England in 2018, the dominance that European countries have shown in the modern era of the game will continue.
At this rate, the South American teams that initially made a staunch impact upon the tournament may find themselves worried when 2022 rolls around.
Harry Kane To The Top?
The England machinery has been largely powered by Harry Kane so far, and with 5 goals to his name, he looks to be the likely candidate for the Golden Boot.
However, should he captain his team all the way to the top as well, a strong case can be made for him to be a contender for the Ballon d’Or ahead of Mo Salah and Neymar, and perhaps even break the streak of the top duo of Messi and Ronaldo.
Much doubt was pinned upon the effectiveness of Gareth Southgate in particular, and the performances of the English side in general. However, with a World Cup win, a resounding hush can be put upon those critics.
The gaffer will get much credit, as he was able to make the most out of a team of youngsters and mixed, if not plentiful talent, and carve a side that has already put in some memorable performances. Truly the World Cup of the underdogs?
Out With The Old, In With The New
A new generation of English players has been on the rise, and nothing spells confident potential better than a World Cup haul. This could mean great things for the careers of Lingard, Rashford, Pickford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, and the likes.
Does England finally have worthy lads to better the golden generation of Scholes, Gerrard, Rooney, Beckham, and Lampard?
A Big Transfer Awaits
Stellar performances in the World Cup seldom go unnoticed. English players always seem concentrated to the Premier League, and perhaps an exemplary run to the big crown will be what it takes for a momentous transfer to occur in the few days that will remain in the window after the finals.
Giants like PSG and Real Madrid seem to be perpetually on the lookout, and the ages of some of these players seem apt. Marquee signings incoming?
Eat Your Hat Media
Somehow, English players always seem to face the brunt of the jokes and unnecessary criticism. The likes of Lingard are mocked for their joyous celebrations via dancing. Scapegoats are common too, with Sterling seeming to find himself hated for virtually anything that he does.
A World Cup victory will be the best response to all of this and will send a strong message to the media, that the only antics that count are the ones that are performed on the pitch and in the creation of goals and attractive play.
Football Comes Home At Last
It was last in 1966 that the Lions brought home the World Cup. Needless to say, the wait has been painfully long since then, and several generations have risen and fallen without the coveted title being won.
Long last, this campaign may culminate in the biggest prize of them all coming to the true home of football and rightfully so.
The curse of big tournaments finally lifted?