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Jose Mourinho: "World Cup without England is not a World Cup"

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was pleased to see England reach the World Cup on Tuesday night, reports The Guardian.

The 'Special One' has insisted that the World Cup would have not been the same, had England not qualified for next year's tournament. 

Although the Blues boss also admitted that he was relieved that some of his star players won't be taking part in the play-offs in November.

Roy Hodgson's side beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley to secure their place in the finals and Mourinho believes the World Cup will be better with the inclusion of the Three Lions.

Speaking at a Barclays community event, Mourinho said: "It is good to be back. I feel as if I belong here. Take Tuesday, for example, at Wembley. I did not celebrate (England's qualification) by jumping up or drinking because that's not in my nature, but inside I was celebrating. I was happy. A World Cup without England is not a World Cup.

"They're one of the big football countries and, even if at any particular moment the national team is not at a high level, England has to be always in a World Cup.

"Of course, part of me was also happy that my players won't have the pressure of the play-offs in November and can play two friendly matches instead, rather than worrying if they would go to Brazil. They deserve to be there. The tournament will be better for having them there."

However, as for Portugal, the country of Mourinho's birth, they will have to endure a play-off round if they are to qualify for Brazil. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. only managed to end second in their group and will be waiting to see who they will take on in November. 

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