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Bwin's Burning Issue: Will England qualify for 2014 World Cup?

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First off, the limited domestic programme gives us a chance to concentrate on the international scene.

The 2012 European Championship might be England's immediate focus, but attention turned to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil over the weekend when the draw was made for the qualification stage.

All the talk before the draw was whether England would be put in the same group as France, with the second-seed status of Laurent Blanc's men making them the biggest potential barriers to automatic qualification.

With this hurdle avoided, England look to have a good chance of making it to South America for the tournament in three years' time.

In Group H with Ukraine, Poland, Montenegro, Moldova and San Marino, England are 1/2 favourites to top the standings at the end of the qualification campaign.

Ukraine are second-favourites to finish as group winners with odds of 4/1, while Poland and Montenegro are priced at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.

However, Montenegro are proving a difficult team for England to shake off in the Euro 2012 qualification process, and Fabio Capello's side were defeated 1-0 the last time they visited Ukraine.

Then there is the doomed qualification campaign for Euro 2008 to consider, highlighting how making it to a major tournament should never be taken for granted where England are concerned.

To make matters even more interesting, England will have a new manager for the World Cup cycle, with Capello due to step down after Euro 2012.

With this in mind, Bwin`s Burning Issue is:

Will England qualify for the 2014 World Cup?

Not only that; we were also interested to know:

Do you care?

Do you feel extra pride when a player from your team plays for England?

Who is your all time favourite England player...?

It's over to you…

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Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 2 2011

Time: 11:45AM

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Questions, questions, questions... and I wish I had all the answers!
Mikey Delap
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02/08/2011 12:01:00

Its actually a very tough group to get out of. Ukraine and poland are always tough and you all know how montenegro can play. I was actually hoping for Ireland to be drawn with England in the group. Just for the rivalry between us. The game would nearly be bigger than the hurling all Ireland final itself haha. Nearly!
stevekally
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02/08/2011 13:53:00

I think the England team needs to get back to basics, and appoint an English coach. Pick player by their form, and not by who they are or what club they play for. We have some good young players coming through, but after years of having lots of strikers, we suddenly have strikers who just ten 10 years ago would never have been capped, in the company of Shearer Sheringham ect. I think England will qualify for the World Cup in 2014 but we will need to change the way we do things if we are going to be successful whilst at the finals, Teams need to grow together and players need to be given a chance, if ur good enough ur old enough, and if you aint playing well you should neve be picked. B team internationals should return. I tend to now only purposely watch England if my team has a player playing, as Although i'm very patriotic I dnt like the big club mentality when it comes to picking the squad. My favourite England player in my time has to be Alan Shearer, in my opinion the most complete all round striker this countryb has ever produced
glen9mullan
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03/08/2011 01:30:00

 

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