Wenger Tips France, Brazil, England To Win World Cup

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"They're good. They've got a lot of potential".

"We've also taken the decision to give the staff some much needed time off, after all of the hard work and effort they've put into the games so they can enjoy the forthcoming game at their leisure".

When the mood turns, I often find myself consulting the odds.

Both of the latter nations have raised the World Cup trophy at least once; France most recently in 1998. England lost its semifinal to West Germany in Turin on penalties before well-behaved fanatics. Her presence is chiefly remembered for her inability to sing along with the Oasis hit Don't Look Back in Anger.

"England have the players individually to do something special". England players have been rushing their spot kicks for decades. This was surely no coincidence. But there is something everybody agreed on, no matter whether they were English, Colombian or neutral: American referee Mark Geiger was very bad. From an operational perspective, there is a professionalism and commitment to process that for decades has not existed within the English game.

Now, Ireland may not have ever actually WON a World Cup, but we are fairly strong on our history.

But with the team moving on to the quarter-finals, life seems to have been breathed back in the country.

And the fact that England will be favourites will not bother them. Croatia and Russian Federation have played none, yet the triumvirate of England, Sweden and Croatia did thrive in a 1990s corridor.

The team had practised penalties in a bid to overcome their poor record, having exited major tournaments following shoot-out defeats against Germany, Argentina and Portugal. The have also met twice at European Championships, with Sweden winning 2-1 in 1992 and England 3-2 in 2012. You apparently have it until you don't.

Speculation as to what May might do if England reached the final was classified as premature. These are high level players and the English national team profits from coaches in the Premier League working with these young players.

"We are getting smarter, and maybe played by the same rules as the rest of the world", Southgate said.

"The World Cup is a very special worldwide competition", he said.

Uruguay's success has been built on a solid defence led by Atletico Madrid pair Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, with the old-fashioned strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani doing the damage at the other end with five goals between them.