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Why England will win the World Cup.


NOW, THIS MAY well be considered a treasonable suggestion and my postie may soon be over-burdened by those nice people at Settler Watch. But there is a nagging doubt at the back of the mind and the pit of my stomach which, like a vodka and Irn Bru hangover, refuses to budge. On 12 July, England will be coming home and they'll be bringing the World Cup in their kitbag. Never mind that they have a squad of enviable talent the Shear power of their forward-line, ultimate Spice Boy David Beckham in midfield, and the moustachioed agility of spunky Seaman in goal. Forget Glenn and his god, the squads’ hands-on approach to faith healing and Gazza's turning from flailing elbows to flying saucers. There is an altogether less logical and more cogent reason behind their destiny. The Mirror Method is too spooky to be discounted and has had Scots across the country contemplating emigration to Mars ever since the theory came to light. Simply use 1982 as the starting point and working back and forth, you will find a pattern of winners leaving 1966 paralleled with 1998. Deny it at your peril. (Brian Donaldson)



1974 West Germany

1978 Argentina 0

1982 Italy

1986 Argentina 0

1990 Germany



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