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World Cup 2018: Has loopy event left England as favourites to achieve remaining?

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World Cup 2018: Has loopy event left England as favourites to achieve remaining?

World Cup 2018: What would occur if England truly received the World Cup?

England v Colombia (19:00 BST, Tuesday three July)

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Following Spain’s shock elimination, no earlier winners now stand between England and the World Cup remaining. So might soccer actually be coming residence?

The 2 most up-to-date champions, Germany and Spain, have been each anticipated to lie in look ahead to England in Russia however they’ve been knocked out, leaving Gareth Southgate’s staff because the second highest-ranked facet of their half of the draw, behind sixth-placed Switzerland.

The upsets imply considered one of England, Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia or Russia will certainly be within the Moscow remaining on 15 July.

Not that anyone is getting too carried away – that is England, in fact, and a report of two World Cup knockout stage wins since 1990 makes for grim studying.

Do England actually have an ‘straightforward’ path to the ultimate?

Solely 5 nations have ever eradicated England in a knockout tie, all of them amongst soccer’s main nations – Germany (2010, 1990 and 1970), Portugal (2006), Brazil (2002 and 1962), Argentina (1998 and 1986) after which defending champions Uruguay (1954).

They’ve by no means overwhelmed a top-tier facet in a World Cup knockout sport – 1966 glory apart – and the one elimination video games England have received since their 1990 run to the semi-finals have been towards Ecuador in 2006 and Denmark in 2002.

However this time may very well be a really totally different story.

England are the only real staff of their half of the draw to have received the World Cup and solely Sweden, in 1958, have ever reached the ultimate.

Final-16 opponents Colombia have solely been to the quarter-finals as soon as, in 2014.

The winners of that tie will face Sweden, whose final semi-final was in 1994, or Switzerland – who’ve by no means been past the final eight.

The semi-final might be between a type of sides and 1998 semi-finalists Croatia or hosts Russia – who had by no means been previous the group phases because the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Switzerland are the highest-ranked staff on this part – with England joint 12th, Colombia 16th, Croatia 20th, Sweden 24th and Russia 70th.

Then again, Colombia have James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, Croatia have Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic and Russia have partisan residence assist. Sweden completed above Germany of their group and Switzerland drew with Brazil.

Oh, and that is England.

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