So the draw has been made, and England are exuberant. It’s still too early to start placing bets, because a lot of things can happen to a team’s form in one year. Players will get injured while playing for their clubs. Other players who may not seem significant now, may rise to the occasion next year.
I was scanning through some country profiles on the BBC website. This paragraph on Japan was amusing, but knowing the civic-mindedness of the people in general, I was not very surprised:
Did you know: During France 1998, the stadium authorities were astonished to find the Japan fans’ seating area cleaner after a game than before. On the final whistle, the supporters had picked up all the rubbish they could find before depositing it in the bins by the exit.
Well done, Japan. Teach them yobs a lesson!