Howard’s World Cup predictions
ENGLAND go into the 2010 World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites following a fine qualification campaign.
The Three Lions, who last lifted the trophy back in 1966, reached the tournament with one of the most impressive records of any team in the World after losing just one game and conceding only six times in 10 matches.
It is that record, along with the right choice in coach, that Howard believes will hold them in good stead over the forthcoming month.
He said: “I think England’s chances are very good and, of course, I think that we have the right manager. Against Mexico we were winning 2-1 at half time and he wasn’t happy, and rightly so because if it hadn’t been for Green (Robert) it would have been 2-2.
“He turned things around at the break and we played better in the second half but he still wasn’t happy with the performance. But if we win and play rubbish, then it doesn’t matter because it’s all about results.
“There won’t be any messing around, the players will be focused. If they do the job on the field that he wants them to do, then we’ve got a great chance of winning the World Cup because Capello is a winner.”
England kick-off their World Cup campaign on Saturday against USA, before they complete their Group C fixtures against Algeria on June 18 and Slovenia on June 23. Whether they can make it all the way to the final on July 11, remains to be seen. Howard “Fabio Capello” Brown’s England XI: Robert Green, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Ledley King, John Terry, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney.