CONCACAF sides are not competitive on the international stage - now, or in the past. CONCACAF will put 4 or 5 teams into each WC and they'll all be out by the quarter finals each time barring a very lucky draw/run of luck. As an American, I really wish that the United States would have qualified - but USA's absence/CONCACAF's weakness isn't going to have much of an impact on quality at the WC once elimination rounds start. ========== Brazil looks really solid and are my pick to win it all. France/Germany/Spain are all very strong too and could easily prevail. Belgium is a dark horse, full of talent, and might lift the trophy if things go their way. And Argentina too - so talented - last cup with Messi at his prime - will Messi finally propel his national side to a cup? England should at least make it to the elimination stage and from there it's dependent on draw. In short, there's a lot to look forward to in WC 2018.