This week, we’asked fans which Reds will go furthest at the World Cup. Here, ManUtd.com's Adam Bostock offers his view on the poll...
As an Englishman, I’m predictably rooting for the underdog… and for a pleasant change, that means I’m backing England to do well at the World Cup.
The refreshing sense of realism surrounding Roy Hodgson’s squad has somehow endeared the national team to me. Of course, my birthplace and upbringing in this green and pleasant land dictate that I should always support the Three Lions but the hype and hullabaloo has been so hysterically loud for their past campaigns, I’ve found myself suffering from England fatigue before the first fixture.
In previous years, picking up a Portugal or Ghana in the office sweepstake has been a gift, enabling me to get fully behind an alternative nation with no pangs of guilt for my neglected patriotism.
This year it’s different. I genuinely want Wayne Rooney and his colleagues to succeed, to scintillate and surprise in South America.
For some pundits, the surprise element would start with getting out of Group D – D for Death – and finishing above either England’s Andrea Pirlo-inspired conquerors in Euro 2012, Italy, or a dangerous Uruguay playing on their home continent with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez doubling the trouble for defenders like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling (or more likely, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, sorry Reds).
But I honestly think England will get through this tough first stage, especially if Hodgson throws a bit of his caution to the Brazilian breeze and the young legs of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and our very own Danny Welbeck are allowed to play as much of their natural, high-tempo attacking game as they can in the sweltering conditions.
I’ll take second place in the group here and now, and next a game against the best that the mixed bag of Group C has to offer – probably Japan, my