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Sven Goran-Erikkson writes off England World Cup chances

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Former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson has blasted England's chances of bringing football home at this summers World Cup, according to the Daily Mail.

Under Eriksson the Three lions reached the quarter-finals in two World Cups and one European Championship. The former England boss believes that it would be a huge achievement if Roy Hodgson's men were to reach the same stage that he did.

According to the Mail, the Swede said: "They're not winning, absolutely not winning. England are going to have problems in Brazil.  

"They are not going to win the World Cup, absolutely not. If they get to the quarter-final or more it's a success. I don't think England will win the World Cup."

There has been suggestions that England should start the first game in Manaus without Wayne Rooney. These claims have been rubbished by the former England manager who handed Rooney his debut against Australia in 2003 is yet to score in a World Cup for England.

Although Eriksson does admit that he expects Daniel Sturridge to be England's top goalscorer this tournament, Wayne Rooney will still has a vital role to play. 

He said: "Rooney must start for England, there is no doubt about that. He is the most important player for England even though Daniel Sturridge is their best attacker right now.'Sturridge is a superstar who has blossomed this season. He can score a lot of goals in the World Cup."

He has applauded Hodgson's decision to bring Sports psychiatrist Steve Peters to the World Cup, with one of the most important role being for England to conquer their fear of penalties.

He admitted: "That was my biggest mistake as a coach. I did not take a psychiatrist for the World cup in 2006."

England were eliminated by penalties twice under the Swede, both against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the quarter finals.

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