Nearly everybody in Sweden knows the heroes of 1994 and I am very pleased to talk with one of the team-members - Thomas Ravelli.
Domestically, England has things no worse than other major European countries, while foreign Premier League players still manage to cope with the demanding schedule. Clearly, England's problems do lie at a deeper level.
I argue that the English should be more positive about our chances. We're too quick to attack and condemn our boys when they fail to deliver, but rarely offer praise and optimism should they do well. Here are five reasons why English football fans should be more optimistic about England's chances in the World Cup.
Another day, another predictable public relations disaster for FIFA. With this summer's World Cup now just a matter of months away, and Brazil's preparations still lagging alarmingly behind schedule, the governing body has hardly covered itself in glory of late.
The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.
England have as much chance of winning the World Cup as Nick Clegg has of winning the General Election. But why not improve those slender chances by bringing John Terry in from the cold. After another magisterial performance at the Bridge on Saturday, it takes a particularly perverse England manager to keep him out.
It could be time for Hodgson to take some risks, to inject some flair into the squad and include players who aren't afraid to challenge their opponents. So, should the England gaffer opt for some young guns, full of energy and life, to compete with the heat?
With English expectations low going into the World Cup, it's possible that Hodgson will take a young squad out to Brazil to gain invaluable experience and build for the future. With that in mind, Hodgson may use the game against Denmark to cast his eye over some of the young prospects on the brink of breaking into the World Cup squad.
Kevin Pietersen is just the latest casualty of a system which prizes orthodoxy above all else. Examples can be seen across the sporting spectrum in England (Danny Cipriani in Rugby Union, Pietersen and Jack Russell in cricket to name but a few), but football seems to take the biscuit for having the biggest homogenised mass of samey players.
Belo Horizonte was one of the first planned capital cities of Brazil. Surrounded by mountains, it has nearly 2.5 million inhabitants and is famous nationwide, for its more than 14 thousand bars, called "botecos" (pubs) in Brazil.
Who could replace Theo on the wing? Since the days of David Beckham, England have longed for a creative player who can produce magic at any moment. Read on to find out which six players could take Theo Walcott's place on the plane to Brazil in June.
Tintin, waffles, and over-priced chocolate. If you were to traverse the high streets and market squares of Britain, asking the wandering punters to sum up Belgium in three words, the odds are that you'd end up with something largely similar. Yet, in the coming months and years, our Flemish counterparts from across the Channel may well have another fame to claim.
I, of course, realised my ultimate dream in 1966. But this would not have been possible were it not for the volunteers who helped me play football when I was growing up and then later at my first club Chelmsford Boys, now known at Chelmsford City Youth FC.
On June 14th, Britain begins its journey in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in a city that combines the comfort of a huge metropolis alongside access to the most diverse biosphere on the planet. Manaus, the capital of Amazonas, is located where the Negro River meets the Solimões River and forms the Amazon River a few miles downstream.
So that was it... 2013, gone and here we are moving swiftly into 2014 - nearly mid-Jan. Now looking up from the Chrismas/New Year holiday, I can see a dazzling year of sport ahead. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, the World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in the summer... What a year ahead... As a massive football fan who loves watching great football all year round, this is going to be a great summer. For me, I think with all those world class teams that will be there, unexpected things can happen as it often does in knockout competitions. Think of the FA Cup and all the upsets that can produce.
Whisper it, but Brazilians speak Portuguese - not Spanish. It's a common mistake...Despite the belief of many English speakers that everyone around the world uses English, it is not common to find very many people who can use it well in Brazil.