This may be amazing to believe but I recently got into an argument on Twitter. Yes, I can hear the incredulity in your voice but it’s true, there was a disagreement between myself and someone else on social media. Who would have thought such a thing could happen?
The reason for our quarrel, was simple, they (whoever they are as I can’t even remember their name) claimed that this World Cup was shaping up to be the worst one ever. This wasn’t a claim made by an irate Argentina fan, beside themselves with fury after witnessing their side’s demolition at the hands of Croatia. No, this was someone making one of those God-awful ‘unpopular opinion’ tweets, which are often simply popular opinions masquerading as quirky, little-held beliefs that bring about the predictable barrage of agreements, it’s a form of humblebragging for the disenfranchised. And it’s obvious.
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The main flaw with my social media nemesis’s view that this World Cup is shaping up to be the worst ever is that the opposite is looking increasingly more likely. Not only have we seen a gamut of goals, more pens than a US immigration centre and some sumptuous football, we’ve almost witnessed the confirmation of Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of the millennium and the end of Lionel Messi’s international career. Again.
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If you took part in our last game for the opening rounds you’ll know that while having Ronaldo as skipper was a stroke of genius it takes more than the obvious to rise above the masses and it’s those insightful enough to pick the likes of Denis Cheryshev that really prospered.
This game gets underway on the 25th June and lasts for the entirety of the final group games, when the wooden spoons and glimmers of hopes are dished out, although for England fans there was more than a glimmer following the win over the mighty Tunisia.
Harry Kane’s double strike now has all of England singing Three Lions while booking off the week after the final in preparation of their longest ever hangover, but forgive me if I’m not putting the champagne on ice just yet.
England, like other nations have a good chance of getting to the later rounds and then who knows, but some of the ‘it’s coming home’ talk seems a tad premature at best. If you want your fantasy team to shine then it may be worth looking at players who won’t be facing a strong Belgium side for their final group game.
Germany looking for a win over South Korea could have one or two players not only desperate to reach the knockout stages, but also with the experience and efficiencyDie Mannschaft have of getting results. Timo Werner could be a good one to pick as he looks to fire his nation to ultimate glory, or at least avoid a humiliating early exit.
Despite sacking their manager only days before the tournament, Spain look like they’ve well and truly got their sh*t together following a demoralising draw against Portugal and face a Morocco side that’s already booked its flight home. Morocco haven’t scored yet, David De Gea only drops one clanger every 28 years and he’s filled his quota already, the United keeper looks a good pick as your number one.
Australia showed a lot of heart to battle back from one-nil down against Denmark last time out and face a Peru side that’s in danger of going home completely empty handed, despite winning the world’s hearts with their awesome promo video. Aston Villa’s bearded behemoth Mile Jedinak could be a good pick as he takes penalties for the Socceroos and VAR makes sure there’s at least half a dozen per game, minimum.
In Group D, Croatia are flying and will face an Icelandic side that looked underwhelming at best against Nigeria last time out, the Euros are a distant memory and despite being the scourge of Roy Hodgson, Iceland’s time in the football sun may be setting. Luka Modric has been magnificent so far and he could hold the key to seeing Croatia, not just win their group but dominate it.
David De Gea – Spain.
Mile Jedinak – Australia.
Luka Modric – Croatia.
Timo Werner – Germany.