Messi and Ronaldo primed for final World Cup hurrah as England get real | Daniel Taylor

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Restrained hopes around Gareth Southgate’s side are a good thing in a tournament that represents the last chance for two greats to join Maradona and Pelé in the World Cup pantheon

At least this time nobody has fallen into the trap of thinking England might actually win the damn thing. Nobody inside the England camp has proclaimed they are going to Russia to bring the trophy back home. And perhaps just as important, nobody in the media is feverishly backing our boys to do it. Not yet, anyway.

Instead, the mood seems restrained compared to previous tournaments, as if the penny has dropped that England have not done a great deal in the World Cup since the year – the one between 1965 and 1967 – that Jürgen Klopp has suggested we no longer mention because of the pressure it puts on the team.

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Written by Daniel Taylor
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/10/world-cup-russia-2018-england-messi-ronaldo under the title “Messi and Ronaldo primed for final World Cup hurrah as England get real | Daniel Taylor”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.