England vs Argentina final in World Cup 2018: David Beckham’s bold prediction

first_imgDavid Beckham has predicted England will play Argentina in the final of the 2018 World Cup.While England overcame gutsy Tunisia thanks to Harry Kane’s brace, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland.England won the World Cup only once – way back in 1966. Argentina were runners-up in 2014 when Germany lifted the title.Having led Argentina to an agonizing final defeat by Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He would need to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona for the eternal love of his compatriots.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThose who followed closely Argentina’s shaky qualification for the World Cup were not so shocked by the result against Iceland, and do not expect them to roll over Croatia despite their abundance of individual talent.For reasons hard to fathom, they have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli’s year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.However, Beckham, a former England captain, has backed Argentina to go the distance and seal a berth in the title clash. More significantly, he felt England could go through to the final as well. Their next match is scheduled against Panama on June 24 and then against Belgium on June 28.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham said. “I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.advertisement”I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Some of the hot pre-tournament favourites have not looked the part so fair in the World Cup. Germany were stunned by Mexico in their opening match while Portugal and Spain somehow held on for 1-0 victories against Morocco and Iran.Maybe Beckham feels, England and Argentina have a real chance now with some of the top teams struggling but it would be interesting to see how his prediction plays out over the next few weeks.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more