The defending champions must qualify rule did lead to a nice bit of irony for the next World Cup, what with the final of the last tournament being Brazil and Germany. I had a little chuckle at that.
Looking at the groups, I'd say the only struggle England face in their group is Sweden. Hopefully, we'll already be through to the next round before we play them, seeing how we ALWAYS seem to struggle against Sweden in major tournaments. I'll be happy with a semi-final finish, to be honest.
http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/15939933/muhammad-ali-dies-74 This might sound weird, but I'm glad he lived as long as he did. Same goes with Magic Johnson. To bring so much awareness to a disease you have, with the honor he did, is legendary.