Roy Hodgson deserves a big credit for naming a relatively young 23-man World Cup squad for Brazil, where he opted for youth over experience, with likes of Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling selected over some of the senior players.
However, Hodgson probably has taken a big gamble while selecting his defenders. England always have relied upon strong centre-backs in any major tournament, throughout the last decade.
Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are players with immense potential, no doubt, but are inexperienced (considering they never played at the WC before), while the back-up options don’t exude enough confidence either, as neither Phil Jones nor Chris Smalling have been convincing for Manchester United this season, which leaves defence as the weak-link of this team.
England supporters who will be joining the carnival in Brazil should be aware of their locations, where are they going, ahead for potential future games in the later stages of the tournament. A car hire company Hertz has provided all the information in this superb info graphic where locations of England games at each stage of the competition, dates, kick off times and the nearest place you can get yourself a hire car, are mentioned in great details.
Can England win the World Cup? It will be difficult but fans can expect the team to cause few upsets this year.