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World Cup Group B Analysis: ENGLAND’s Group
The Draw for the World Cup finals in Leipzig created an intriguing mixture in Group B with one of the top seeds, ENGLAND, heading the group and being joined by PARAGUAY, SWEDEN and TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.
Here is Goal.com’s quick guide to the group…
ENGLAND are past winners of the Cup (1966, as hosts), and qualified for the 2006 tournament impressively. They are regarded among the favourites to win the Cup, and certainly to win this Group. In Wayne Rooney they possess one of the top young players in the world, while the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and David Beckham are also considered world class. There were some poor performances in the early Autumn, but Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side got the job done, and then dazzled in a friendly victory over a strong Argentina. No excuses this time…
Current FIFA Ranking: 9th
World Cup Aim: Win it.
PARAGUAY clinched their third consecutive appearance in the finals with the result in Venezuela in October, and Anibal Ruiz’s side underlined their credentials with some big wins in qualifying, both in high altitude Asuncion and elsewhere. However, they showed some inconsistency with a final record of eight wins, four draws and six defeats. Watch out for keeper Justo Villar, defender Carlos Gamarra, midfielders Julio Dos Santos and Edgar Barreto, and strikers Roque Santa Cruz, Jose Cardozo and Paraguay’s own Wayne Rooney, Nelson Haedo Valdez.
Current FIFA Ranking: 14th
World Cup Aim: Second Round, then see what happens
SWEDEN: The Swedes finished second behind Croatia in their qualifying group, and are again drawn against their compatriot Eriksson. But that won’t faze them: Sweden haven’t lost to England in 37 years so will not have any inferiority complex in that game. With world stars of the calibre of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Freddie Ljungberg and Henrik Larsson, and their renowned ability to get two banks of four quickly behind the ball to frustrate their opponents, Sweden will fancy their chances of getting through Group B.
Current FIFA Ranking: 30th
World Cup Aim: Semi-Finals? Certainly quarters.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: It is the country’s first ever World Cup finals, and while World Cup fever will be rampant in the Caribbean, most neutrals will have T&T down as whipping boys in their Group. Intriguingly, their squad contains around a dozen players who earn their livings in England, so there will be familiarity with the England players and style. But whether the likes of Dwight Yorke, Stern John, Shaka Hislop, Russell Latapy, Christopher Birchall and Carlos Edwards can help the Soca Warriors negotiate Group B remains to be seen. It will be a tall order, but an enjoyable ride…
Current FIFA Ranking: 51st
World Cup Aim: Put T&T on the Soca map, avoid any big thrashings and make the people HAPPY!
Points of interest: England and Sweden met each other in the last World Cup, Eriksson’s side drawing 1-1 against his compatriots in Saitama. And in Mexico 1986, England met and beat Paraguay 3-0. They also beat the South Americans 4-0 in a 2005 friendly international.
Goal.com snap prediction:
4 Trinidad & Tobago
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