Quarter-final place the minimum requirement for emerging England
What are you expecting from this World Cup?
Controversy surrounding VAR unfortunately as the power of technology again impinges on a sporting tournament. A pleasant surprise from the host nation, whose inhabitants will open their soul to the world and bring colour to the World Cup tapestry.
Can England end 52 years of hurt?
Being knocked out in the last eight has proved a bugbear for England over the years. But a quarter-final finish would constitute progress for an evolving side this time around ... and a disappointment if they did not reach this stage.
Which team is most likely to be home before the postcards?
Portugal. European champions no less, but may fall prey to a dangerous Moroccan side, who conceded no goals in qualifying. Their pre-tournament form has been underwhelming and they are overly reliant on the fading magic of Ronaldo.
Which group game are you most excited about watching?
Argentina v Croatia. The middle game for both sides in their group, so this will have a fair bit riding on it. With a competitive group containing Iceland and Nigeria, a win could prove precious for either side. A fascinating game in prospect.
What will be the dream final? And who will win.
Germany against France, a repeat of Seville 1982, without the Battiston diplomatic incident. The Germans again to prevail – they always find a way.
CRISTIANO RONALDO: May be on first plane home with Portugal.