QUALIFIED

England recently managed to secure qualification to the World Cup automatically after winning the group. The win over Poland meant that England will be finishing top of their group ahead of Ukraine.

After sealing qualification, manager Roy Hodgson said that fans should be confident of winning the World Cup after what they have seen in the last few qualifiers. England have managed to overcome the likes of Montenegro and Poland with relative ease. Manchester United's star striker Wayne Rooney has been performing in exceptional manner for the national team.

He has failed to deliver on the previous major competitions, but Hodgson reckons that he is now more experienced to be able to do well at the 2014 World Cup. England are not of the favourites to win the World Cup, as the likes of Spain, Germany, Brazil and Argentina are ahead of them in the ratings.

England's chances of winning this competition have been put at 14,000,000 to one, but still Hodgson thinks that England have a real chance of making a mark at this competition if they continue with this form.
England are on an unbeaten run that stretches back to almost a year. Their last defeat came in 2012 when they lost to Sweden in a friendly match.

"If you want to win the lottery, buy a lottery ticket, and we have our ticket. We've got a chance. I'm greatly satisfied. I think this will [top the lot in his career]. The only reason I'm cautious is I don't want to denigrate my other achievements, or for people in Switzerland to think I wasn't very proud of reaching the World Cup in 1994 or the Euros in 1996 after so many years. That was a pretty good achievement," said Hodgson after qualification was achieved with a win over Poland.