Terry: England are not favourites for World Cup

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John Terry insists England should not be regarded as one of the favourites for next summer's World Cup because there is no one outstanding contender.

The England captain, named on Monday night as one of the players in FIFA/FIFPro's world XI, said seven or eight teams had the potential to win the trophy in South Africa.

"I'm not going to stand here and say, 'We are going to win the World Cup'," said Terry.

"We're not going carried away. We have a chance, as long as we keep people fit and strong, and we go out there with the right mentality.

"Everyone can see the potential that we have, but it's the same with Portugal and other teams; Brazil, Argentina and Spain are very strong.

"It's going to be interesting. One of seven or eight teams can go on and win it.

"Everyone's getting carried away saying it's an easy group but the USA is a very tough game and we have to be on our toes."

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi was rewarded for a stunning year in which he helped Barcelona to an unprecedented six trophies by being named FIFA's world player of the year.

The Argentina forward, who headed the clinching goal against Manchester United in the Champions League final, also scored on Saturday to secure the Club World Cup for Barcelona against Estudiantes on Saturday.

The 22-year-old won the award for the first time, beating last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo, his two clubmates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez and Brazilian midfielder Kaka. He was presented with the trophy at a glittering awards gala in Zurich.

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