Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham believes England are likely to have a tough time at the summer World Cup as they have just one world-class player in the form of Harry Kane. The Three Lions have been drawn in a relatively favourable group in Russia involving the likes of Belgium, Panama and Tunisia, but they are still not regarded favourites to win the showpiece tournament – for the first time in 52 years.
In an honest interview covered by The Mail, Sheringham, who scored 11 times for England, reckons Gareth Southgate’s side will struggle to contend with the expectations in Russia, he said: “Can we do well in Russia? Honestly, no. If you are going to win a World Cup you have to have two or three world-class players… at least. England have one – Kane. You look around the rest of the team and, yes, there are good players but some of them cannot even get into their club teams, which is terrible for English football. I love Gareth as a man and a person and I like what he is trying to do, but he’s up against it.”
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Argentina international Lucas Biglia believes the national side looks pretty ‘ordinary’ without the services of Lionel Messi. However, the midfielder admits that his compatriots should learn how to get the best out of the Barcelona star without wearing him out.
The 2014 World Cup finalists found themselves with a realistic chance of missing out on the World Cup finals altogether, but Messi came up with a standout performance right at the end as he scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in the final qualifying game.
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