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Jose Mourinho has made a bold claim about England's 2018 World Cup chances

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Sir Alf Ramsay's England side heroically lifted the World Cup title in 1966, but ever since, it has been 51 years of disappointment for England fans.

To this day, England's triumph in 1966 has been the country's only major success, and to be honest, they have never come close to adding any more silverware.

In recent times it could be argued English football is at the worst state it has ever been.

England travelled to the 2014 World Cup full of optimism, but Roy Hodgson could only pick up a solitary point in his three group games. England departed the tournament having finished last in their group.

Hodgson again lead England to Euro 2016 having had a fine qualifying campaign, but they underwhelmed once again in France.

The Three Lions struggled through their group and eventually finished 2nd, before going out in embarrassing fashion to Iceland.

Now, with Gareth Southgate in charge, England have managed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

But with an apparent lack of quality amongst their ranks, it could be argued optimism is at an all time low.

JOSE MOURINHO THINKS ENGLAND CAN WIN THE WORLD CUP

But unlike the majority of England fans, Jose Mourinho amazingly thinks that England can defy the odds and win the World Cup in Russia.

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The Manchester United manager sensationally thinks that England possess the quality to win a major trophy, and believes a mix of experience in the team could hand them in good stead.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho said: "I think England must have a chance because the players are really good.

"There's a great generation of players at different ages and with different qualities.

"They have good experience at club level, playing in the Premier League and plenty of them play in the Champions League too.

"England have great potential to do something important."

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ENGLAND WILL BE IN POT 2

The draw for the World Cup Finals will take place on 1 December, with England being in Pot two.

The seeding for the World Cup are based on the October 2017 World Rankings, and because England are ranked 12th in the world they will be in Pot two, meaning they could be handed an extremely tough draw in the group stages.

England were handed a tough draw in the 2014 World Cup, where they were placed in 'the group of death' alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Let's hope a similar draw does not happen again.

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