England are usually drafted in FIFA World Cup’s as one of the strongest squad on paper, but all they manage to gain out of this tournament is an early exit. A lot has changed from the previous edition of this mega event. The Three Lions are no longer considered a strong favourite or even a dark horse to lift the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A brief look at their performances in recent World Cup’s:

The 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy did bring a ray of bright hope for England and their fans as they reached the Semi finals. Under the guidance of manager Sir Bobby Robson the English took the world by surprise and players like Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker proved their worth as world class players. Then it was semis and they were defeated at the hands of eventual champions West Germany in a typical English manner of losing a match in penalties.

They didn’t qualify for the next World Cup held at United States of America in 1994. The World Cup in 1998 wasn’t fruitful for them either, as they were beaten by Argentina in Round 2 and David Beckham for his red card was made a scapegoat for their exit. It was yet another loss for England in penalties!

They continued to ride their way in a path of misfortune. In 2006, this time in quarter-finals England faced Brazil. The Brazilian magician Ronaldinho curled in a 35 meter free kick to beat a shocked David Seamen in front of England’s goal post. England lost 2-1, even after Michael Owen scored the opening goal for The Three Lions. The loss to Portugal on penalties in 2006 was another chapter added into their quest for a World Cup trophy turning into a disaster. The game saw Rooney getting a red card because of his former Manchester United team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Beckham limping off the ground due to injury. This turned out to be David Bechkam’s last world cup game.

The FIFA World Cup in 2010 is no different story for England. Frank Lampard was denied a sure 2-2 equaliser in Round of 16 against Germany, when his long range effort crossed the goal line but was not seen by any of the match officials.

Chances of England in 2014 FIFA World Cup:

All possible odds are against England and perhaps a few will back them to come out with something at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. And that “S.O.M.E.T.H.I.N.G” in World cup literally means winning the esteem championship.

The chances for England in the 2014 FIFA World Cup looks bleak and Roy Hodgson has a monumental task up his sleeves to win the cup again.

England were undefeated and topped their group in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with 22 points from 10 games but had to survive a scare from Ukraine, as they were trying to barge in their way at the top spot. Ukraine missed the pole position by just 1 point and England directly qualified for the World Cup.

England hosts English Premier League which is arguably one of the most competitive leagues in the world and still finds it difficult to match the tactical brilliance of teams across the globe. We hardly find a good English player playing abroad for a club, so that is no excuse that these players cant gel and fit into a system that England has been aiming for, to bring back the cup they last won in 1966.

England under Roy Hodgson, have been impressive so far, at least in their intent. He often gives rookie and young footballers a chance. Players like Wilfried Zaha, Jack Rodwell, Kieran Gibbs, Kyle Walker, Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend and Luke Shaw have been benefited playing under the former Liverpool manager Hodgson.

He looks to build a team for future and that is an interesting game plan even when the World cup in Brazil is days away. Giving experience to his younger breed of players is a sign of way forward and a possible indication that a lot of young players may start or be used as substitutes more frequently.

Brazil will be hot during the World Cup and certainly having a mix of youth and experience players will come in handy for Hodgson and his men to cater fatigue and a different playing condition.

At every World Cup the nucleus of any national team is build upon the Domestic championship winning club. Manchester City are strong favourites to win the EPL but hardly play any English player regularly except for goal keeper Joe Hart and winger James Milner.