World Cup Heaven: It’s World Cup time —let’s scratch that four-year itch

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It’s time to sit down with a cuppa, flick on the television and take out the smart phone — the World Cup is here.

Whether it’s Spain versus the Netherlands or Bosnia against Iran, I plan on savouring hour after hour of the drama until the final kick of the final on July 13.

My wall chart is up, sticker album almost full and I’m following all the key players on Twitter.

There may be a sense of apathy radiating from across the room from a certain Mr Henderson, but I for one wouldn’t mind getting my hands on this particular Easter Egg!

I allowed my 2010 World Cup to be ruined by England’s shortcomings, but I’m determined this time — a successful run from our boys or not — to enjoy the tournament whatever.

Hopefully, England will do what fans have been crying out for and have a real good go at Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, but for that to happen some big decisions need to be made and the biggest one surrounds Wayne Rooney.

We cannot play Rooney and Daniel Sturridge in a 4-2-3-1 system and would be better served with Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if fit) and Adam Lallana or Ross Barkley playing behind one or the other.

For me, that man has to be Sturridge at the moment — maybe it would also provide the firing up Rooney so desperately needs at international level after coasting for far too long.

Coasting may be harsh of a man with 39 international goals, but a man of his undoubted talent should be doing so much more for us.

Whoever is picked, I’ll be cheering them on — even Danny Welbeck — and will retain my optimism and excitement until it is crushed once again (no doubt after penalties).

Now read John Henderson’s World Cup Hell