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Glenn Hoddle tells England to forget 2014 success

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The 55-year-old thinks England success is not too far away. (©GettyImages)
The 55-year-old thinks England success is not too far away. (©GettyImages).

Glenn Hoddle says England should forget about trying to win the 2014 World Cup.

The former England manager thinks success in Brazil is not likely, although he thinks the Three Lions can win a tournament in the near future.

Hoddle told BBC Sport: "It is unrealistic for England to think they can go and win the World Cup in Brazil.

"Let's first qualify, then get the youngsters experiencing a tournament in Brazil so that in two years' time we can have a real go at the Euros."

The former Spurs midfielder has joined the FA's new commission programme, set up by chairman Greg Dyke to investigate England as a international side, and how they can be improved.

And, the 55-year-old believes winning a major tournament before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar isn't necessarily beyond the country.

"I know Greg has said he wants England to win in 2022, but I think we can bring that forward," he added.

"I would hope to say we could expect to get some success a little bit earlier than that."

England take on Montenegro and Poland in the final World Cup qualifiers this week, and although Hoddle thinks England will qualify, he says the youth are more important for a future challenge.

"I do believe we will be there, but it is about the experience that the likes of the Barkleys, the Wilsheres can get under their belt so that we can have a real onslaught at the Euros," he added.

Hoddle has been joined on the commission programme by former England defender Danny Mills and ex-Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson, and the ex-Chelsea chief is looking forward to working with the FA once again.

"I really have got some exciting ideas that I want to run across this commission and I hope people will get on board with it," Hoddle concluded.

"It is something close to my heart, close to my heart for many years."

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