England may have beaten the African champions 3-1 on Wednesday night but it seems fans and bookies have been left equally unimpressed by the performance in the first hour of the game especially.
England went in at half time 1-0 down with several players underperforming but after several subs in the second half things picked up and Peter Crouch ended up netting twice with Shaun Wright Phillips also scoring to secure the victory. The bare result of the match is certainly a positive and if England play how they are capable of playing at the World Cup then you would expect them to justify expectations.
The first game most fans will be looking out for at the World Cup is England v USA which is England’s first game of the campaign. A win in that match should ensure England qualify as Group winners, most probably with the maximum nine points. Funnily enough it was England’s second opponents Algeria who knocked Egypt out of the World Cup Qualifying in a playoff so they shouldn’t be underestimated.
The final England group game is England v Slovenia and England have recent winning form against Slovenia so that should be the most straight forward three points of England’s campaign.
Many are writing England off at the World Cup but one of the things massively in England’s favour is the draw, England could get away without playing any of the so called bigger teams until the World Cup Semi Final. Considering in recent years England have met Argentina and Portugal early on in proceedings this has to be England’s best chance in decades.