English football coach Roy Hodgson, who is also the football coach of England, has said that England's chances of winning next year's football World Cup in Brazil are small.
It is a clever ploy to deliberately lower expectations, and discourage the media from overexaggerating England's chances as they usually do. In every World Cup, the English press claim that this will be the year England win it, and they never do - apart from the one time that they did.
However, football pundits have suggested that these lowered hopes could actually boost England's chances. There are many examples of teams winning the tournament from less than perfect starting conditions, particularly if it means that there is a reduced amount of pressure on the team from the media.
It appears that by announcing that England have little chance of winning the World Cup, Hodgson has significantly increased England's chances of winning it. He has therefore given England fans hope that maybe this year, they can finally shake off the negativity and start to dream the impossible. I'm sure many will have heard his words and have begun looking forward to a glorious victory in Brazil. Come on Hodgy, don't let us down now!!