2010 World Cup set to live up to its billing?

The World Cup is the greatest football competition in the world and the 2010 tournament in South Africa looks set to live up to its billing. Brazil and Spain head into the summer as favourites, but England fans will be confident that they can relive the success of 1966 as Fabio Capello’s team is full of stars. From Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard to Chelsea’s John Terry and Frank Lampard, England have a whole host of talent at their disposal and will be led in South Africa by new captain Rio Ferdinand, but it will be his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney who all eyes will be on as the youngster looks to cement his place as one of the greatest players in the World. And you have a chance to watch Rooney and co. in England’s 2010 World Cup group games in South Africa by entering Wrighty’s XI in The Sun Newspaper.

The 19th FIFA World Cup starts on the 11th of June and millions of people worldwide will watch the month-long tournament in South Africa. Thirty two teams will be hoping to reach the final in Johannesburg on the 11th of July but only two nations will be left to battle for the trophy. Qualification for the prestigious tournament started over two years ago in August 2007 and two hundred and four countries were slowly whittled down to the thirty two that will compete in South Africa. The tournament will be the first World Cup to be held in Africa and South Africa will be looking to put on a good tournament for not just the country but the whole continent, with 2010 World Cup official mascot Zakumi promoting fair play. 2006 winners Italy will be looking to defend their title, but seven games stand between them and the trophy and thirty one other nations will be looking to take their crown.

Tickets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are hot property and seats for England’s group games are especially tough to get hold of. England are drawn in Group C of the World Cup and will face America, Algeria and Slovenia in their three group games and you could be in South Africa to see them all. From Monday the 22nd of February The Sun are offering you the chance to win Category 1 tickets for all of England’s group games by entering Wrighty’s X1 and answering the free questions that will be set daily. So come June you be sat with a mate in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, cheering England onto victory hopefully!

What are you waiting for? To take your chance to win, you’ll need to register by texting ‘PLAY’ to 81155 or visiting the Wrighty’s XI website and registering online. You’ll then have six weeks to try and win a place in Wrighty’s XI and the ultimate prize of a trip to South Africa to watch the greatest competition in the world. There is nothing quite like a World Cup and the atmosphere that surrounds it, and the anticipation that has been building for four years since the last World Cup in Germany will finally be realised in June. And if you win the competition in The Sun you could be part of history and see England lift the World Cup for the first time in over forty years. But with five times World Cup winners Brazil, perennial rivals Germany, defending World Cup winners Italy and Euro 2008 champions Spain all in the tournament, England and their stars will have to be on the top of their game to make history.