These days the overwhelming coverage of the Premier League is so intense that the quaint sideshow that is the English national team can, on occasion, leave fans cold.
Luckily an early departure for Roy Hodgson’s fall guys absolves the modern supporter of the old-fashioned compulsion to support the nation within whose borders they were born.
With two weeks remaining, English fans are free to spend the rest of the tournament, supporting a side with whom they have a more spiritual affinity and news.bwin.com/en/ have some suggestions based on your domestic leanings.
No need to thank news.bwin.com/en/ for hooking you up when you’ve moved out of the city to have kids and only want to meet up to moan when they’re away on work trips.
Tottenham meet Belgium – 4/5 to beat USA
Including more Lilywhites than your average underwear draw, the Roid Duvels were the obvious choice for a fan of north London’s second finest.
Along with the presences of Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele, their ability to construct to great a dour and misfiring machine out of Grade A materials is instantly Spurs- reminiscent.
Everton meet Switzerland – 21/4 to beat Argentina
Always up there in the rankings, never overwhelming when you managed to catch them in the flesh and able to beat anyone on their day, these neutral’s favourites are cut from the same cloth.
Brilliant young talents within the ranks are allowed to reveal themselves only intermittently like flashes of gold in the muddy gulch of their first team too.
Manchester United meet Germany – 3/10 to beat Algeria
Pundits can continue to write them off, but those poisoned pens may as well delete the print-ready obituaries to save disk space, some teams will always be in the mix, winning with brains or brawn as the situation dictates.
Newcastle meet France – 1/2 to beat Nigeria
Compte tenu des Magpies peu annoncée initiative de relancer le concept international «B» au nom de Les Bleus en les soutenant dans la Coupe Du Monde devrait venir comme une seconde nature.
Or, for the minority non-francophone, community on Tyneside…
Given the Magpies little-heralded initiative to revive the ‘B’ international concept on behalf of Les Bleus, supporting them in the World Cup should come as second nature.