Arsenal fans back Germany for World Cup success over England

Arsenal supporters have voted overwhelmingly for Mesut Ozil and co to triumph at the World Cup, rather than their English teammates.

With the World Cup in South America, where no European side has ever lifted the trophy, expectations for England are at an all-time low.

Gone are the Golden Generation who flattered to deceive when the likes of Gerrard and Lampard were at their peak, the new incarnation of Three Lions a collection of talented players but not ones who it is expected will triumph at the tournament.

That is summarised neatly by the bookies offering upwards of 25/1 for them to win the tournament, and a feeling reflected by Arsenal fans.

Arsenal's official website has been running a poll, asking supporters which country, from which they have players represented, have the best chance of winning the tournament.

At the time of going to press, just 6% had backed Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return home as winners.

The overwhelming favourite among Gooners is Germany, who boast Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil - 65% of fans have voted for them to succeed.

Santi Cazorla's Spain pick up 17%, with Giroud and Koscielny's France on 6% like England. Vermaelen's Belgium picked up the remaining 3%.

While Germany being viewed as favourites ahead of England may not come as a surprise, the scale 65% to 6% may.

Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope they can prove their club fans wrong when the tournament kicks off.

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