England may have lost their last Group game of the World Cup tonight 1-0 against Belgium, but former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Three Lions fan’s should be more optimistic than ever about their sides chances of success at a major tournament.
Gareth Southagte’s sides loss actually means that they have been drawn on the ‘easier’ side of the draw, and will face Colombia in the last 16 with the winner of that encounter coming up against either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-final.
Neville was of course part of the coaching staff when England were embarrassingly dumped out of Euro 2016 by an unfancied Iceland side and that humiliating defeat in France along with many other failures at major tournaments meant most fans went into this World Cup with their expectations at an all time low.
However, after qualifying from the Group stage thanks to victories over Tunisia and Panama, Neville reckons due to the favourable draw, Three Lions fans have every reason to be getting excited about their side going far in the summers tournament.
“We should now be the most positive we’ve ever been,” he told ITV.
“That’s not being arrogant, that’s not being ignorant, we could lose against Colombia there’s no doubt.
“But if you think back to 1990 where we had Cameroon and Belgium to get to a World Cup semi-final, we’ve now got an opportunity to play Colombia and Sweden or Switzerland to get to a World Cup semi-final.
“In 1998, Argentina round two. In 2002, Brazil with Rivaldo and all those types of players in there.
“In 2006, Ronaldo, Portugal. In 2010, Germany. In 2014, Italy and Uruguay in the group.
“A World Cup semi-final chance to beat Colombia, Sweden or Switzerland.
“They’ll be disappointed tonight, didn’t play well, but what a chance.
“They should be positive more than ever I think now.”