Football fans are starting to get more and more excited about the 2018 World Cup which kicks off on 14th June. All of the squads have been announced, the pre-tournament friendlies are getting underway and expectations are starting to grow around the world with supporters all hoping that this is the year for their country.England, as in most previous tournaments, go into the competition with high hopes rather than expectations; but do we actually have a chance of winning the World Cup? Why not!
What year did England last win the World Cup?
The one and only time (so far) that England won the World Cup was on that now infamous day in 1966.
Hosting the tournament, England faced West Germany in the Final of the competition at Wembley and won 4-2 after extra time with Geoff Hurst (now Sir Geoff Hurst) scoring a hat-trick and Martin Peters getting the goals for England. To this date Hurst’s hat-trick remains the only one to be scored in a World Cup Final.
Who won the 2014 World Cup?
Germany won the 2014 World Cup after a 1-0 extra time win against Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Mario Götze scored the winning goal for the Germans, who advanced to the Final of the competition after thrashing the hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final in what was one of the most incredible matches in World Cup history.
Who are favourites to win the World Cup?
Germany go into the competition as holders and one of the three standout teams in the competition along with Brazil and Spain. All three countries have experienced squads filled with talented individuals, rising stars and some of the most iconic names in the game today.
Brazil will be looking to avenge the heartbreak of the 2014 competition when they were taken apart in a devastating half hour in which they conceded five goals to Germany in the semi-final of the tournament that everyone was expecting them to win. Spain, meanwhile, will be looking to use their big match experience to their advantage to help them bring the trophy home for the first time since 2010 in South Africa.
While the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be at the tournament, Argentina and Portugal are not as likely to win the competition; but maybe more likely than England it has to be said.
Can England win the World Cup?
Optimistically, yes, of course England can win the World Cup. With some highly talented players in our ranks coming off the back of good seasons with their clubs, England stand an excellent chance of going all the way if they can get off to a good start and keep the momentum going.
Realistically, however, England simply don’t have the quality across the whole 23-man squad that the likes of Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina have. If injuries occur or players don’t quite hit the ground running then it’ll affect England far more than some of the more favoured teams.
Looking at the group that England start the tournament in there is almost an expectation that we will progress to the second round but, as we know from our previous tournament elimination by Iceland, “smaller footballing nations” should not be underestimated!
Do England have an official World Cup song?
Unbelievably, no! In recent years the England team have jetted off to the tournament with an official World Cup song to spur them on.
Think back to 1996 when Baddiel, Skinner and the Lighting Seeds released “Three Lions” or go back to “World in Motion” by New Order ahead of the 1990 World Cup, even the 2002 song “On The Ball” by Ant & Dec.
While they have their novelty element to an extent, and some are truly terrible tracks, as Duncan Rutherford – Head of Ecommerce here at BT Shop – said, “It’s a travesty that there is no official World Cup song this year.”
When do England play?
England play their first game of the 2018 World Cup against Tunisia on 18th June. The next match is against Panama on 24th June before the biggest game of the group stage for England, a meeting with Belgium on 28th June.
How and where can I watch the World Cup?
The 2018 World Cup is available on free-to-air terrestrial television. This means that you can catch every second of every game on either the BBC or ITV. England’s fixtures with Tunisia and Panama are to be shown live on the BBC, with the final group stage game against Belgium live on ITV. BBC announced the other day that 29 of their World Cup games will even be broadcast in 4K!
If you’re looking for a new TV to watch all the action on then you’re in the right place. BT Shop have a wide range of the latest must-have 4K Ultra HD televisions along with incredible soundbars and wireless speakers to help generate a stadium atmosphere inside your home.
You can browse the full range of TVs in our online store today, with delivery available before the big kick-off. Get yours at BT Shop today and, who knows, you might just be watching England lift the World Cup!