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Glenn Hoddle: England cannot win the World Cup

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Roy Hodgson should turn his attention to the European Championships in 2016 as England have "no chance" of winning the World Cup next year.

The 55-year-old, who was sacked by England over his comments made about people with disabilities in 1999, has told the current Three Lions boss to concentrate on the Euros to be held in France in four years time.

Hoddle said: "Our plan has got to be better.

"We have got no chance of winning the World Cup. Maybe a five per cent chance if we are lucky. Spain have only got 30%. No-one has ever won it from Europe in South America.

"Let's plan for the Euros. Let's get [Jack] Wilshere, [Theo] Walcott, [Danny] Welbeck, even [Ross] Barkley in. Let them get the experience of qualifying and going through these difficult matches and then use the World Cup for experience to have a go at something later on like the Euros."

Hoddle's comments came after England limped to a dour 0-0 draw away in Ukraine, and after admitting he was satisfied with the first half performance, he feels a lot more could have been done in the second period.

He said: "First half I was quite happy the way we were playing and I thought we could progress from there.

"But it was very disappointing the way we didn't kick on from that first-half foundation and we lost control of the game.

"We just gave away the ball too much. There is only one option on the ball. The best teams have three or four options. That is the problem we have in international football.

"It's about consistency. We can't put 90 minutes together let alone a tournament."

Hodgson's squad now sit top of their qualification group with only two matches remaining, and their fate remains very much in their own hands. Victories during fixtures against Montenegro and Poland, both of which take place at Wembley, will assure the Three Lions of a place in Brazil next year.

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