World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: England

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: England
Team: England
Nickname: The Three Lions
Group: D
Schedule: June 14 vs. Italy, June 19 vs. Uruguay, June 24 vs. Costa Rica
World Cup History: …

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England Training Session And Press Conference

Team: England
Nickname: The Three Lions
Group: D
Schedule: June 14 vs. Italy, June 19 vs. Uruguay, June 24 vs. Costa Rica
World Cup History: Winner (1966), Semifinals (1990), Quarterfinals (1954, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002, 2006)
Rankings: FIFA (11), SPI (9)
Winning Odds: 25-1

England conquered its island, industrialized and amassed one of history’s greatest territorial and informal commercial empires. Aristocrats, engineers, educators, capitalists and dockhands traversed this network with leather balls in tow. The game that arose on upper crust ball fields in the mid-19th century became the de rigueur sport for the world’s working classes.

The original game was rough and tumble, a Darwinian contest to weed out those best suited to lead men over the trench wall and to boss around dark people. English soccer, at its best and worst, retains much of that spirit. It is fast. It is furious. It emphasizes courage over mental deliberation…

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