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England can't win the World Cup - McManaman

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Former England international Steve McManaman has written off England's chances at the World Cup this summer.

The former Liverpool midfielder won 37 caps for his country, but insists England won't be able to repeat the World Cup glory of 1966.

"For the first time in years I think expectations of how far England can go are pretty low, which is strange because people in England usually think we can win the World Cup," he said to FIFA's official World Cup website.

"But we’re a long, long way away from winning it this time around. We’ve got a very difficult group, with Uruguay and Italy, and even Costa Rica will be tough. I think the team’s good enough to reach the last 16, though. That would be good."

England beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly last Wednesday in an unconvincing display which will certainly worry fans before the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for England as there is a lot of young talent in the country as well as some less recognised players that could make the plane to Brazil.

Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain look like having long international careers and Southampton's Adam Lallana has impressed with his England performances so far as well.

Despite Spain being the dominant force in the international game, McManaman thinks that the host nation Brazil have a fighting chance of winning the competition for the sixth time.

"I saw them in the Confederations Cup and they were absolutely brilliant. They had their fans right behind them and I guess they’ll be getting even more support at the World Cup, though they’re in a tough group and they could get the Netherlands, Spain or Chile in the last 16."

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