World Cup Brazil 2014
England go into the World Cup in Brazil with hopes high of progression into the latter stages of the tournament. A strong squad has travelled with very few injuries affecting Roy Hodgson’s squad, and he will need that strong squad to be able to get through a tough Group A which includes Holland, Canada and Chile.
England struggled to get through the group stages, with an opening 1-1 draw against Canada being a massive disappointment. They followed this up with a 2-0 win against Chile and a final 0-0 draw with Holland, this saw England finish 2nd in Group A and they faced Germany in the 2nd Round.
In the 2nd Round, England faced Germany and in all fairness, the Germans were just better than England and a 1-0 win saw Hodgson’s men coming home earlier than hoped from Brazil. The early exit also lead to Roy Hodgson leaving his post as England manager, stating he didn’t meet expectations and a new man will hopefully be able to lead England to glory.
In the World Cup Final, Uruguay met Spain, with both teams lead by brilliant strikers. In Uruguay’s case they had Edinson Cavani and in the Spain side was a man who has broken the World Cup record for goals in a tournament, Fernando Llorente. The game itself was a tightly contested game with Spain slightly edging possession but it was a goal on the hour from Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez that would settle the final and crown Uruguay as the World Champions.
The Golden Boot winner was Fernando Llorente who broke a 56 year old record for most goals at a World Cup by scoring 16 goals, and he was the obvious choice for the Player of the Tournament even though he will end it with just a runners-up medal.