Is it Spain or England’s turn to win the 2010 World Cup?
Spain and England are among many of the teams challenging the reigning champions Italy for the World Cup. It has been four years since Italy raised the golden trophy every country and every player who has kicked a football wants to raise. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is almost here. Who will take home the hardware? Will Italy be able to repeat? With the defending 2008 European Champions be able to overcome injuries to bring home the glory? What about England? Will their new manager finally lead England to win their first World Cup tournament since they won it on their home soil in 1966? In just 7 days what all football fans have been waiting for will begin. What a month it will be.
Defending European Champions, Spain have a highly talented squad. They have David Villa, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas. With Torres and Villa playing up front, Spain will have a very lethal combination. They will have quickness and great control up front, as well as control. Looking at the mid-field Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas are arguable among the tops in the world at mid-field. However, the injury bug has plagued the Spanish squad. Torres is coming off knee surgery. It not only put doubt in the minds of Spanish supporters, but it also hindered Liverpool’s quest to remain within the top 4 in the English Premiere League. Vicente del Bosque is confident that Torres with be fit and ready for their opening fixture against Switzerland on June 16th. As well Bosque is confident that Cesc Fabregas will be fit to open the World Cup. Fabregas suffered a leg fracture against Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. With the injuries to these 2 key players, a lot of Spanish supporters have questioned, whether this is the year that Spain can win the World Cup. Only time will tell.
English supporters are asking the same thing. They have always been able to field a talented squad. In years past they were led by David Beckham. However, 2010 will be different. There will be no Beckham, however they still have the star power in Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry to name a few. Much like Spain, England is solid at defence and at mid-field. Gerrard have proven time and again that he is an elite footballer, and he will shine bright in the tournament. However, if you look at English front line they are quite thin for talent. All rests on Wayne Rooney as the lone elite striker. After Rooney the substitutes are Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Emile Heskey. Crouch has had a great year with Tottenham. The club finished fourth, just nudging out Liverpool for the final Champions League spot. However, Crouch, Defoe and Heskey are not on the top teams in the English Premiere League. Yes, Tottenham did finish 4th, however, many have said they placed well above where they should have. With the calibre of strikers on the bench, English supporters will be praying that nothing happens to Wayne Rooney. Should Rooney go down, you can kiss England’s chances of winning the World Cup goodbye. However, if he can stay healthy it will be interesting to see if he can lead England back to the promise land and answer the question “Will England win the 2010 World Cup?”
Overall Spain and England have very talented squads, but is it enough to win the 2010 World Cup? We have less than a week to find out. The month of June will be a fantastic month for all football fans across the world. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!