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England ‘must win’ must-win match

June 23, 2010

England are looking to assert themselves this afternoon as they take on Slovenia, in a game they simply must win in order to stay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

For England, this afternoon’s must-win game is a must-win game that England must win at all costs, because if they fail to win, they will almost certainly draw, or worse, lose this vital must-win fixture, which they must win in order to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

The consequences of not qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup are unthinkable, as England captain Steven Gerrard knows only too well: “We all know only too well that the consequences, should we fail to qualify, are absolutely unthinkable. It simply cannot happen, it’s as simple as that,” said the Liverpool hardman yesterday, “and the lads know that anything less than a win tomorrow just cannot happen.”

Should England lose this must-win fixture, they will become the first England team to exit a World Cup in the group stages for several years. Should they exit the tournament ignominiously at such an early stage, England’s footballers will become the first England side to draw their opening game of a World Cup campaign and NOT win the World Cup since 1966. Anything less than a win this afternoon will ensure England become only the 8th English side to exit a World Cup tournament without winning it, since Bobby Moore’s England side of 1966 lifted the Jules Rimmet trophy back in 1966. In fact, should England go out of the World Cup today, 1966 will become the only year England have won a major international tournament in living memory – at least since 1966, when England prevailed on a gloriously sunny afternoon against the old enemy, West Germany, back in 1966.

England’s players will be all too aware of the expectations and pressure from fans and the media alike – especially after winning the tournament just 44 years ago, back in 1966. Of course, back in 1966, many of the players and coaching staff were much better than their foreign counterparts, which culminated in them winning the World Cup on a glorious summer afternoon, back in 1966. This landmark victory created massive expectations on the nation’s footballers, which has since led to subsequent England line-ups being unable to recreate the glory shared by Bobby Moore’s 1966 side, back in 1966.

England must win this afternoon in order to stand any chance of recreating the spirit of their 1966 side, although a draw will at least ensure they end their campaign unbeaten – the first time they will have done so since 1966. And we all know what happened in 1966…