The road to Brazil for England was a bit unsteady, unlike four years ago in 2010 where they won nine out of 10 matches going into the tournament. This time around England managed to seal qualification on the last day against Poland with a nail-biting 2-0 win.
England's last world cup match was overshadowed by controversy after Frank Lampard's goal was not given, whereas TV replays showed the ball had crossed atleast a foot inside the goal. Germany took advantage in the second half humiliating England out of the World Cup by winning 4-1. Even the performances in the group stages by England were anything but impressive winning one of their three group matches owing to lack of attacking style and shabby defending.
England are a different side going into this World Cup as new boss Roy Hodgson has injected energy by introducing young talent in his squad. Joe Hart will definitely be England's first choice keeper. The defence looks solid with Gary Cahill and Phil Jones and they have attacking full backs in Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw. In the mid-field there is a pool of exciting talent with Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Raheem Streling all impressing with their domestic clubs. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can play the perfect holding mid-fielders and their experience will surely help.
Upfront all eyes will be on Wayne Rooney who is still looking for his first World Cup goal, the 28 year old Manchester United talisman is returning from injury after enduring a frustration season with the Red Devils. England has pacey strikers in Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert too has been in great form with the Saints and will be eager to continue that in Brazil.
The country is expecting a lot from Wayne Rooney who is the only English striker yet to appear on the score sheet after two world cup campaigns. Roy Hodgon has called upon fans to stop obsessing over Rooney and is trying against heaping more pressure on him. However if Rooney's performances do not have any impact, the boss will have to take the brave decision of putting him on the bench. On paper England look balanced with a perfect mixture of youth and experience, but only time will tell how they actually perform on the pitch.