The world cup qualifiers are over and England have secured their passage to Brazil in the summer of 2014. While the majority of our nation doesn't really have much expectation of England's chances of glory in the world's most prestigious football cup competition, the future could be very different for our 47-year underachievers with the new crop of players waiting to step in.
The news that England will not be among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a blessing in disguise... No more excuses, no more confusion. England are not one of the top seeds because they are not one of the top sides. If humility and diligence reign, Hodgson's men could do themselves proud.
The sense of deflation I experienced surprised even this most devoted of Reds fans. That he was retiring was no great shock in itself; the realisation that his exit belied a potentially greater psychological blow to those of us clinging to the disappearing era of one-club man football struck a far deeper chord.
Steven Gerrard was heralded as Liverpool's "greatest player ever" by team-mate Jamie Carragher as the England captain was honoured by the Football Wri...