Nearly everybody in Sweden knows the heroes of 1994 and I am very pleased to talk with one of the team-members - Thomas Ravelli.
In practice the biggest thing holding back the Brazilian food and drink sector is not communications but rather the poor state of domestic infrastructure. The poor reputation of the Brazilian transport sector revealed in our Index reflects the difficulties it faces in delivering what Brazilians need and expect.
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 don't think that we will ever again see a player make such an impact and unite nations like Pele. The truth is that he was simply on another level to the other stars of his d
In many ways, these are echoes of the widespread trepidation, cynicism and finger-crossing that marked the build-up to the London Olympics. Those fears were unfulfilled on that occasion and the feel-good factor produced for the country that summer was something that will be hard for us all to forget.
With less than 100 days until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, excitement is hotting up for football fans around the world, especially for those planning to attend the tournament.
Carroll is indeed a typical English number nine. But England have failed at every tournament since 1966 and will continue to do so unless they adapt to the constantly evolving nature of the modern, foreign-dominated game.
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.
Averaging a successful dribble every 25.9 minutes, Oxlade ranks in the top 10 in the Premier League this season, and third amongst English players, though he has significantly more to offer in terms of final ball than either of the two players above him, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.
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?
Based on England's most recent performance, they are certainly going to need a hefty slice of fortune if they are to reach the knockout stages of this summer's World Cup. That underwhelming 1-0 defeat of Denmark last week was an outing which raised left us with more questions than answers.
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.