As we’ve seen so far, predicting the results of this World Cup is a mug’s game.
But we’re going to try our hand at it anyway, it’s all for a noble cause.
To bring you the potential route England are going to face to achieve World Cup glory.
It’s all going to come down to the game against Belgium which will decide whether we face a route containing nearly all the big boys, or a rather more simple journey to a glorious World Cup final.
I’m not trying to overhype everyone but there are some important factors that could see England come a grinding halt at 4pm on Sunday July 15th as our boys face off for the World Cup trophy.
So, once you read the two possible routes below then you can make your mind up whether we really should be going out to lose to Belgium on Thursday.
England are in a favourable position to top Group G with a draw or better putting them first as long as they pick up less bookings than the Belgians.
Assuming they come through the final group game unscathed it is likely England will play Colombia in the last-16s.
From there on the road looks very difficult.
Take your pick from Brazil or Germany.
With Mexico looking likely to top Group F, the two sides who met so famously in 2014 could face off in the last-16.
Once Harry Kane has netted another hat-trick against Colombia we will fly past either of those big guns and set our sights on the World Cup semi-final.
Where who will await us? By the looks of things it will be France, unless Cristiano Ronaldo somehow gets Portugal to the semis.
On the other side of the drawBelgium make it to the semis by beating Japan and Mexico, Croatia get knocked out in the quarters by Spain and the Spaniards make it all the way to the final.
Obviously Harry Maguire scores a header from the set piece and England are crowned world champions.
Pretty straightforward IMO.
But, what happens if we finish second in the group?
Well to be honest, it would look like a very achievable route to the final.
The Three Lions would take on Japan in the last-16 – they might have been good in the group stage but we’re winning that.
Next up would be everyone’s second favourite team Mexico in the quarters – again our strong defence would shut Hirving Lozano out and Kane would be asking 39-year-old Rafa Marquez some serious questions at the back.
After Mexico, England would have the small matter of Spain in the semi-final then France or even Belgium in the final.
If England finish top they will likely play: Colombia, Germany/Brazil, France, Spain, win the World Cup.
And if England finish second it’s probably going to be: Japan, Mexico, Spain, France/Germany/Brazil, win the World Cup.
It’s pretty easy this World Cup stuff.