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World Cup 2018: England's Hopes

- 18:03, 24th March 2018
England squad celebrate Jesse Lingard's goal against The Netherlands in an international friendly.

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The World Cup is less than three months away and England's win over the Netherlands on Friday has inevitably boosted home hopes of success in Russia.

Gareth Southgate's approach of taking the pressure off his players seems to be bringing something extra out of the squad, while his tactical flexibility looks set to offer him options other coaches previously failed to consider.

The quality of Dele Alli and Harry Kane suggests that - especially having already been to a major tournament - they could be set for breakout performances but it has been a lack of collective harmony, rather than individual talent that has traditionally been England's issue.

With Italy set to visit Wembley on Tuesday, now seems like a good time to assess the World Cup odds for England's stage of elimination.

Will England Flop Like They Did In Brazil?

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England's performance four years ago in Brazil was a disaster, crashing out without a victory and after another poor showing at Euro 2016, an early exit is always worth pondering.

Belgium are the big threat in Group G but the fixture list has worked in the Three Lions' favour in that they can secure qualification before their clash with De Rode Duivels in Kaliningrad.

Tunisia and Panama are the type of teams they have slipped up against in the past though and value hunters - albeit pessimistic ones - might back an early exit when surveying the World Cup betting.

Who Awaits in The Last 16?

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In truth, Southgate's side should make it through the pool stages and that opens the tournament up to potential second-round opponents.

Finishing runners-up will see them face the winners of Group H, one of Poland, Colombia, Japan or Senegal in the last-16.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski, who if rumours are to be believed is trying to force a move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid, will be the talisman for a team who qualified comfortably. However, the Poles have not beaten England since 1973.

Colombia caused a shock by beating France on Friday and Jose Pekerman clearly knows what he is doing having guided Los Cafeteros to the last eight four years ago.

The other two are by no means insurmountable but it is the couple mentioned who are the favourites to go through and although they have some real stars, England can outlast them.

Can The Three Lions Reach The Quarter-Finals?

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We are really into the realms of footballing fancy now and excitement would really grip the country if England could make it to their first quarter-final since 2006. For all the nation's footballing heritage, it is worth noting that the Three Lions have only made the semi-finals twice, in 1966 and 1990.

That perhaps illustrates the country's place in the global pecking order and again they could face a tough task as the pools cross over, with Germany and Brazil potential candidates.

Mexico are also a solid tournament team but the other two are more likely opponents. Even the most hardened England supporter looking at the World Cup tips will find it hard to see their side getting past Die Mannschaft or the Selecao and the last eight is likely to be the limit of Southgate's sojourn to Russia.

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