Howard’s World Cup pre­dic­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.

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