The World Cup in Brazil was undoubtedly the best of its kind in recent memory... Despite the dazzling spectacle, you may be shocked to find out that a number of world-class players did not even make it to this summer's tournament. Here is a starting XI made up out of the best players that did not play at Brazil 2014.
Brazil 2014 started with a bang and a flurry of group game goals, though the tournament somewhat petered out in the knockout stages as nerves and disjointed football took hold... here is a list of three other sides who failed to impress in Brazil, but should be a lot stronger during the next World Cup in Russia.
The main problem holding England back at international level may well be a slight lack in overall technical quality, but it does not have to be the reason that England continue to fail so miserably... an extra effort and more drive should see them able to bridge the gap to the very top of world football.
I cheered during replays thinking it was live television. I screamed 'come on America' most definitely 900 times throughout the duration of the game. I made it very clear of my feelings of how England is terrible at the sport and we are better than you.
We are at the half way point of the Summer of Sport and after so much promise, the first half has been exciting but with some very poor results... We are now entering the second week of Wimbledon and as always the quality of the tennis in the first week hasn't disappointed... However, for me the highlight of this second half will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the month.
Roy Hodgson is an exceptional football coach with a highly respected reputation and record, but he has done as much as he can for England and things are unlikely to improve with him in charge. The results haven't been good enough and with a new generation ready to step up and lead the country for years to come, the time is surely right for a new man to take charge.
This year's World Cup in Brazil has been full to the brim with exceptional goals, outstanding performances and unforgettable matches. However, it has also been home to its fair share of disappointing performances from certain players as well as certain teams...
It's a radical idea I know, but how about next time we send the England football team to a tournament we try to win? And by that I mean why don't we treat our national sport like a business, and give ourselves half a chance of realising our undoubted potential?
That countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile and Mexico have all looked more impressive than England makes the inevitable debate about how we need to change our coaching set up/youth teams/b-teams/academies/facilities all the more embarrassing and redundant.
While Roy Hodgson may be reluctant to change his tactics midway through a tournament after weeks of existing preparation, England could certainly learn a few things from Louis van Gaal's Netherlands team. With a new generation of exciting young English talents, the key to a successful future after this year's World Cup could very well be 5-2-2-1.
Whilst, England's performance this summer was bleak, there are plenty of reasons to be positive. And despite the work that needs to be done and the changes that ought to be made, Roy Hodgson has it in him to deliver in 2016...
The front four of Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge and Rooney seemed to run riot up front, although the Manchester United man was outshone by his vibrant and youthful team-mates... The only Englishman who failed to excite the fans was Phil Neville and his lacklustre commentary performance.
Business can learn a lot from politics - and sport - in terms of managing public expectations. Companies are getting smarter at this game - down playing expectations in the business pages in advance of difficult results. But too often company leaders fail to control the narrative by overstating their ambition in the first place. Corporate Britain is littered with the bodies of business leaders who promised big and delivered small.
During a final of the 2010 World Cup, my television stopped working, and while staring at the blank screen and contemplating what pizza I was going order for home delivery, I realised I was enjoying myself more than watching the actual game.
With England's first game of the tournament just days away, it's time to take a quick look back over the warm-up games. There were a couple of big winners and a couple of unfortunate losers and the games may well have affected Roy Hodgson's selection for this Saturday.
The World Cup is nearly upon us, and although that will bring excitement for many, there will also be a large number of people dreading a month filled with conversation about the competition. On these occasions feigning interest is your only real option, and this bluffer's guide should help you to keep up and maybe even look like a bona fide football fan.