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Re: Field expands to 48 teams in 2026
I think the expansion limits the chance of upsets..... top seeds will be kept even farther apart until key stages.Can't see Germany getting knocked out in the first group stage when their opponents are Canada and Finland
That probably makes the likelihood of easy groups and shock results greater so it's not inconceivable that it can't happen again.
Panama - ranked 55 in World, Tunisia 21, Columbia 15, Belgium 3, Croatia 20 - England 12 - played 1 team above and lost. Probably never have a pathway like that again.
they will never have an easier run to the WC final ......team may improve but such an easy run in sadly wont be repeated ....
You would have taken a semi-final before the World Cup began. That team really isn't that good on paper. In my opinion, Kane isn't world class yet so there were no players good enough to make a difference. And I wasn't impressed by any of the forwards. Sterling had a role and he did it well first half, Rashford was much worse. Sterling was very good letting off the pressure because he usually either got a throw-in or a free kick after the defenders lumped it forward. Unfortunately he could do much with the ball either. Thinking some youngster with a handful of caps would have turned this around is wishful thinking.
Yet England got this far. Crucially the defenders lost their man twice and that was all it took. And I'm not sure if the first one should have been a freekick to England as Perisic's foot was so high.
You still finished higher than Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal.