England may be in the World Cup, but if their performance at it is anything like their previous attempts, then they'd better listen up. Stephen Hawking is using theoretical physics to explain their chances.

Hawking uses a technique called General Linguistic Regression Modelling to determine factors from the color kit the players should wear to what nationality of referee they should hope for as well as climate and time of play.

He speaks about the optimal conditions for England's success to how to score in a penalty shootout. Could theoretical science be better than Paul the Octopus?