That is the question! Can they win the World Cup ever again?
Their 1966 victory was 52 years ago, more than half a century ago, and the gap between this victory and the next is getting to be too long.
Do they feel cheated, ill-fated? Like the shadow of the hand of God is everlastingly upon them?
It’s all a tosh to think like that! Let’s forget the past and all of these crushing losses. Let’s focus instead on what could help them prevail.
What is the formula they need in order to become winners?
For many, it’s a miracle they need. But in the World Cup, it isn't about miracles, but about performances.
But ask, can England win the World Cup?
The answer is, of course they can. With their physical condition and their technical training, they have the ability to win. And as they have qualified, again this year they have the opportunity to do so.
So what is it, then? Why can’t they win? Is it the way they handle the corners, the way they dribble? Perhaps they should rethink their attacks and their defenses? Or maybe they should simply rethink.
Yes! Maybe instead of their usual training, they should train their brains into believing that they can win the World Cup. This perhaps could miraculously work… They could use sports psychology and mental training to get the result the whole English nation is yearning for.
Indeed, it has been proven that the mind is as important as the physical and technical side in sports. It is difficult to determine which is more important, but knowing that the English football team has physically and technically got what it takes to win, what would we lose in trying this new approach?
But we do not want to give you false hope; in all fairness, the 3 Lions need more than mental training. They need this victory to be associated with their country, to be something they are proud of, something that is already engrained in their English culture, rooted in their history.
So in all seriousness – please don’t get too chuffed; keep in mind that it is by far the best suggestion we can come up with for a feasible win, but still cannot guarantee victory. Here’s the solution: in order for England to win the World Cup, FIFA has to rename the championship, "the World Cup of Tea."
Not taking the mickey here. Seriously. I dare you to challenge Southgate, Trent, Gary Cahill, Jesse Lingard and the rest of the English squad by asking them: Can you win the World Cup of Tea? You have to find the trigger, the motivation, the passion... The World Cup of Tea? They heard you and you can hear them now proudly responding, "Of course, we're English!"
But to ensure victory, this is not quite enough; FIFA would have to allow the English's cows on the field so they could add fresh milk to their refreshment teas during half time."
This request also must be granted. Well obviously, a World Cup of Tea without tea or fresh milk would be like playing football without any balls.
But ok now, let’s come back down to Earth. Sure, it might be a bit late - to convince FIFA to change the name of the Cup and accept some new minor rules, but let’s give it a shot. Yup, we might fail, but would you rather wait another four years to put the odds in our favour?
Because if this is implemented, and we are now playing for the World Cup of Tea, the English team can finally feel they are in control. During the competition, they can playfully hold suspense, steeping for awhile to then show their true colours, a bright, brownish tone... but after 3 to 4 minutes they would add some milk, change their colours, and consequently, disorient their opponents.
Winning this World Cup of Tea will be a piece of cake, or, as they would say “a piece of scone...” Indeed, the English Team would be sipping each victory but would still be true to themselves, as they would be slurping loudly in the ears of the teams they have defeated. So as they win the tournament they shout over and over again, proudly, “We've got our cuppa! We've got our cuppa!”
Finally, more than half a century later, they can smell the aroma of victory, and they realise that 1966 does not seem that long ago anymore... as the whole English nation can at last taste the victory of the World Cup of Tea. And they all nod and agree, that it was actually the perfect brew.