Mention of my parents, reminds me that this will be the first world-cup since I properly started the blog back in August 2006!
... which means many may not know that my mother is from Hampshire (as well as afore-mentioned long-suffering partner being from London) and that in any football tournament, I'll shout for Scotland first, then England next ;-)
I really find it hard to understand the 'anyone but England' mentality that pervades much of Scottish footballing life :-(
So, given Scotland's absence - it's England for me this year - and by glorious happen-chance we'll actually be in Bristol on the day of the World Cup Final to watch Steven Gerrard pick up that trophy ...
... my money is on it :-))