The usual suspects but watch out for Holland

Gary Newbon
villa 251x300 The usual suspects but watch out for Holland

My pick for the Golden Boot

Sadly England will not win the World Cup. Reachinng the quarter-finals would be decent, making the semis, would be very good. But winning it? There are better teams – Brazil, Spain, despite their mad coach Diego Maradona Argentina plus the strong dark horses Holland.

Spain look so strong but seem to blow it often when the chips are down, Brazil look the business but apart from Sweden 1958 do not win it in Europe, Maradona looks bonkers but his team are so good on paper and Holland have the potential.

I would narrow it down to Spain or Holland. Of course I hope England do well but I cannot justify naming them as World Cup winners.

What we will find out in the knock-out stage is just how good is Fabio Capello as an international manager. This is his first tournament and the platform does not get any bigger. He has put discipline in the team but that should have been there in the first place. Don’t take any notice of the players praising Capello. They will always say the right things about any current manager because they want to be selected. How else can they answer?

Capello may be as good as is they claim.  Lets hope they are right. We will discover that over the coming few weeks.

And the golden boot? I think Spain’s David Villa will score more than his brilliant team-mate Fernando Torres. All to play for, lets enjoy the terrific TV coverage and lets pray for a miracle!

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