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7 Reasons to be Optimistic About England at the World Cup

Harry Kane of England looks on during the England training session at St Georges Park on June 6, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

There seems to be an awful lot of doom and gloom around England these days, and I don’t really go in for it myself. Sure, the so-called Golden Generation never got any further than the Quarter-Finals, but so what? When your club side is down in the dumps, you don’t toss them to one side and boast of how you are no longer interested in them.

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Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at John Smith's Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Huddersfield, England.

7 best players snubbed for the 2018 World Cup

The article is based on the seven best players left out - not the seven most shocking snubs - and there is a difference. To clarify, players from countries who didn’t qualify or players who are injured and thus unavailable for selection are not included.

Andres Iniesta of Spain runs with the ball during the International Friendly match between Spain and Switzerland at Estadio de La Ceramica on June 3, 2018 in Villareal, Spain.

7 Footballers Who Left Europe Too Early

These aren’t the seven who left the earliest, or the best seven, the best paid seven - or anything else like that. These are simply seven we randomly chose for your enjoyment, feel free to share your examples in the comments.

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8 Jun 1958:  Referee Reg Leafe (background) watches Georg Stollenwerk (right) of West Germany tussle with Angel Labruna

7 Greatest Footballers of the 1940's

The 1940’s was an unusual decade for football, marked by the lack of a World Cup due to the Second World War. It also gave birth to a national league in Germany, who went on to become a footballing powerhouse, a heated rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona - which is just as intense today - and many great players who we celebrate here.