2 April, 2013 - 09:11

Lineker: England are just not good enough to win World Cup

Lineker: England are just not good enough to win World Cup

Legendary England striker Gary Lineker, who has scored 48 goals for the Three Lions, revealed England players lack technical ability to compete with the world’s best national teams.

The 52-year-old believes the fans need to face the harsh truth, stating England are anywhere near the standard to win World Cup and the qualification to the last-8 could be their best accomplishment.

He said: “We have not got an earthly of winning the World Cup. ‘At this stage, to qualify would be acceptable, and to get as far as the last eight would be quite an achievement surpassing our expectations. We are not currently in the top tier of nations and we cannot seriously expect to win a major championships. Our players are simply not good enough to take on the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Spain.”

‘We do not keep the ball adequately enough, our players are not as technically gifted as you need to be in order to reach the later stages of the World Cup, and — with the exception of Wayne Rooney — our better players are no longer at their prime performing age. Keeping the ball is a prerequisite for any aspirational international side — our inability to do so is a recurring problem — and it is clear there is not going to be a transformation on that front with this particular squad in the next 12 months,’ he added.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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