Thomas Rooney of Bettingpro.com looks at reasons to be (slightly) cheerful despite England’s early World Cup exit. There’s also a look at the dark horses so far – the majestic Colombia.

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Now I know we’re supposed to be down in the dumps as England fans and Robbie Savage keeps telling us there’s absolutely no positives to take – but let’s look on the bright side.

Despite low expectations anyway, England’s campaign has definitely been a disaster. No getting away from that. One point and bottom of the group? Not good.

It could have been very different though and there are SOME reasons to be excited about the future. Here, we even stretch to three positives.

1. Raheem Sterling

4415601We have a bright young player that can take the World by storm. Of that there is no doubt. His performance against Italy was fantastic and his fearless approach is refreshing.

He will be in the mix for England for many, many years to come and it all started with his lively showing against the Italians this summer.

Would I be happy if we built the team around him and his approach to the game? Definitely. Pace, pace and more pace.

2. Invaluable experience gained

Let’s get this right – England have a fantastic crop of youngsters and ones who can definitely benefit from hurting in this tournament. They now know what it takes to compete at this level.

Sterling, Ross Barkley, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw could all be starting in two years time and they’ll draw on this summer.

3. At least it’s all over

Ok, we didn’t quite stretch it to three positives. Not really. But at least it’s all over now. There will be a fall-out and Danny Mills is bound to be on the case pointing out what went wrong.

We need to move on now though. England weren’t good enough. Neither were Spain and Italy by the way or the ‘golden generation’ at Ivory Coast. The Three Lions aren’t alone.

So let’s sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament!

Colombia the ones to watch?

On the subject of enjoying the rest of the World Cup… how about routing for Colombia from now on? They are fantastic to watch and comfortably won their group with a 4-1 win over Japan.

Let’s not forget they haven’t got Radamel Falcao and a couple of other key players. The football they play is superb, they enjoy themselves and as far as celebrating goes – they’re the best.

Don’t be surprised to see James Rodriquez linked to many top clubs this summer!

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