Posted by sean on June 8, 2006 at 9:06 pm in England with No Comments


I’ve been thinking over the last few days of the best way in which England could possibly win The World Cup. Beating their rivals and exterminating the ghosts of the past.

So, here’s the plan for England’s Dream World Cup. All these ties are possible – I’ve checked them all using the fixture chart on the BBC website

Second Round
England win their group, Germany finish second to Poland. With the score line locked at 2-2 after extra time it’s the dreaded penalty shoot out. England fans are not confident, after all we have a terrible history with penalties. England come good and win 5-4 in a dramatic shootout and go through.
Revenge for so many games, mainly World Cup 1990 and Euro ’96.

Quarter Finals
England face Argentina. The game is scrappy, no team seems to be able to score. Then Peter Crouch scores a very dubious goal with his hand. The goal stands and England go through.
Revenge for Maradona’s hand of God in 1986.

Semi Finals
It’s the 92nd minute. It looks like England’s World Cup dream is over, 1-0 down to France. Then a free kick is awarded. Beckham takes it and scores, 1-1. The French are shitting themselves, they don’t want extra time! The following minute the French keeper Barthez goes nuts, shoves Michael Owen to the ground – PENALTY! Frank Lampard takes, he scores, England win 2-1.
Revenge for the first game of Euro 2004.

Final
It’s the big one. Brazil v England. It’s late into the game, the score 1-1. England are awarded a free kick, David Beckham takes it. It’s a good one, it catches Brazilian keeper Dida by surprise who misses it completely. England win 2-1 and are crowned The World Champions.
Revenge for that World Cup 2002 game.

For the stattos and mathematicians out there, here is how each team makes it to each stage (based upon the BBC wall chart) …

GERMANY
COME 2ND IN GROUP A
LOSE TO ENGLAND IN GAME 3 (2nd Round)

ARGENTINA
COME 2ND IN GROUP C
WINNING GAME 4 (2nd Round)
LOSE TO ENGLAND IN C (Quarter Final)

FRANCE
COME 2ND IN GROUP G
WINNING GAME 8 (2nd Round)
WINNING GAME D (Quarter Final)
LOSE TO ENGLAND IN II (Semi Final)

BRAZIL
COME 2ND IN GROUP F
WINNING GAME 5 (2nd Round)
WINNING GAME B (Quarter Final)
WINNING GAME I (Semi Final)
LOSE TO ENGLAND IN FINAL

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