While in recent years we as a nation tend to greet international football prepared for disappointment, the World Cup remains a fantastic spectacle and has every likelihood of bringing excitement, controversy, hope and despair in different measures.
With World Cup fixtures being firmly within the touring season, if you’re hoping to watch the matches on your travels then we’ve got everything you need – including the full list of possible (and seemingly impossible) England fixtures.
Watching on tour in the UK
In many locations this should be fairly straight-forward - you'll of course need a TV suitable for the caravan or motorhome along with a suitable antenna. Our picks are any set from the new Avtex Series 9 range alongside the Avtex STH3000 boosted aerial.
These TVs power the antenna directly so you won't need another power cable plugged in, and the Avtex range offers the best picture you'll get on a caravan TV, hands-down. They also record live or on a timer with the addition of a USB stick, so you can pop out for a walk and record a match to watch later on if you prefer.
If you're heading out beyond the reaches of terrestrial digital broadcasts, you'll need a satellite antenna. Again, the Avtex TV facilitates here as they come with satellite decoder boxes built-in, eliminating the need for a set-top box. There are many satellite antennas available on the market, the one we offer is the auto-seeking SNIPE Dome.
Watching on tour outside the UK
Watching outside the UK is easily achievable in most cases via digital terrestrial - while you won't get the benefit of English commentary, this is the simplest way to access the World Cup and requires no more equipment than you'd need in the UK. Avtex TVs work on local channels throughout Europe so are our recommendation again.
Picking up English channels abroad has gotten a great deal more complicated in recent years, with the BBCs spot-beam being reduced enough that a large dish is required to get beyond France, so for the most part we'd recommend sticking to the local broadcasts to ensure reliable availability.
You can find a full list of which local networks are broadcasting World Cup matches here.
Another option is streaming live matches via the BBC or ITV websites - to do this you'll need a reliable internet connection via either WiFi or via a 3G/4G data connection such as the one your mobile phone uses. You can improve your WiFi or 4G signal strength with the help of a WiFi booster or 4G mobile internet kit.
Every Possible England Match
England traditionally make it out of the group stage and should make it by Tunisia and Panama – taking first place in Group G away from a remarkably talented, if inconsistent, Belgium team will be a bit of a challenge however.
Assuming England do indeed make it out of Group G, they’ll be up against a side from Group H, consisting of Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan – Poland are the highest ranked team, but Colombia are likely to give them a run for first. Neither are to be underestimated but England have a reasonable chance of progression.
This is where things get interesting – the first fixture would require England to have won their group and would see them meet either the winner of Group E (most likely Brazil), or second place in Group F (most likely Mexico).
Alternatively, and perhaps more likely is that England finish their group behind Belgium and could meet either the winner of Group F (likely Germany) or second place in Group E (likely Switzerland).
If these situations play out according to expectation, it means that England will have to get by either Brazil or Germany in the Quarter-Finals, FIFAs highest ranked teams.
At this point we’re assuming not only that England will get by Colombia/Poland and Brazil/Germany, but we're also assuming a great deal about other groups and matches too, so a pinch of salt is necessary here – but if England were to upset one of the tournament favourites and make it into the semis, they’d have a good likelihood of coming up against either Portugal in the first fixture, or Spain in the second.
If England were to make it all the way to the final, it’s fair to assume they’d again be coming up against one of Brazil or Germany as the final test, depending on which of the pair they’d have beaten in the Quarter-Finals.