I feel sorry for England team. Anyway there is a big advantage for home teams. It's difficult to compete with Uruguay. It's not strange that most wins are got by teams from south America and mid American in the past matches. I also believe the final champion is from south American team.
Among home advantages the weather is critical factor to affect match result. One example I observed is that Korean players almost can't move any more near the end of match against Russia. In my assumption they have best physical condition and never stop running till end of match
Amanda, your team Australia is THE BEST here just for the reason you give above:)
I even planned to start a discussion here, like: "you're obviously the best freaking team, but why he substituted Cahil??? And Bresciano?". But today is too late. It's a pure pleasure to see Australia playing.
Australia is free of caring much about leaving the group, result etc, but it is the only team which this freedom makes stronger!
Since 2006 I know "their personal skills are about two levels below some others, but they don't care, they just play well as they can, and they can win! And they are just fun to watch".
So i write this off-topic just to get you Aussies to know, how beautiful you are.
BTW, i wished both England and Uruguay to stay.
Yes,i agree all about you are saying the weather is critical factor to affect match result,could be but in South Africa was almost the same and an europe team was the winner!!