With the 2014 World Cup set to start later today even the most refusenik of local government employees will have already entered their team’s World Cup sweep stake. But just in case you are yet to choose your team we thought we’d lay out a few recommendations for prominent local government figures:

Eric Pickles MP: Italy

You may not like their style of football but there is no mistaking the fact that they are effective operators. <Insert Andrea Pirlo is slow joke here>

Hilary Benn MP: Croatia

Very quiet prior to the tournament with most commentators, when not ignoring them, placing them right in the middle of the pack. Perhaps this is their time to shine?

Mayor Lutfur Rahman: Portugal

A one man team where that one man receives an absurd amount of attention.

Sir Merrick Cockell: Russia

Recently unseated as the top dog in his respective organisation the manager is looking for a second act on the big stage.

Cllr Jim McMahon: Belgium

Young with a lot of good ideas based on a local blueprint; tipped for future good things whilst stepping up to the big stage.

UKIP Councillors: Chile

Still haven’t won anything but have the potential to really mess it up for one of the other ‘bigger’ teams.

Andy Sawford MP: England

Worked brilliantly in the local league (which is obviously far superior) but who knows what will be achieved for the newbie in the national game.

Ben Page: Brazil

Apparently Nate Silver is backing Brazil and it is impossible to imagine Ben doing anything that isn’t backed by the numbers.

Merton council (where I work): Spain

Having recently won a major title people are questioning whether they can live up to their previous success; perhaps unlikely but that’s still a pretty damn good team (oops; that was a bit sycophantic; I’m obviously getting ready to be a myopic supporter for the next two weeks)

Me: Argentina


Because I think they have a really really good team!

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