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Jose Mourinho shares his truthful opinion on England's chances at the World Cup

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Jose Mourinho is working as a pundit during the World Cup for Russia Today.

The Manchester United boss will reportedly be paid £1m for five days' work after rejecting advances from ITV and BBC.

Russia are set to kick off proceedings in Moscow on Thursday afternoon against Saudi Arabia.

Brazil are considered favourites for the 2018 World Cup, while Germany, Spain and France are considered their most likely competitors. 

Gareth Southgate's England side aren't considered one the favourites but Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy thinks they can win it.

“We are all confident," said Vardy. "We have all got that mentality where you just want to win.

"We want to make sure we are here as winners. We have all won things ourselves at our respective clubs and we want to take that on to the international stage now.

"We all know that, on our day, we can beat anyone and cause anyone problems, so that is why we have got the confidence to think we can win it."

Mourinho on England

The Portuguese coach has weighed in with his opinion on England's World Cup hopes on the eve on the competition.

England face Tunisia in their first World Cup outing on Monday night.

England Media Access - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

“England have a good group of young but experienced players," said Mourinho, as per Sky Sports.

“All of them play in the best domestic competition in the world in the Premier League. All of them playing in the best teams. All of them having experience of playing in the Champions League.

“So yes, I think they can do it.”

It's time for England fans to get their hopes up - Mourinho does make some good points.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

The 55-year-old Man United boss also discussed Spain, France, Germany and Brazil's chances in Russia.

Mourinho said: “They have good squads, but good squads do not always make good teams."

“Sometimes, not-so-special squads, in theory, can make better teams. For example, Portugal in the Euros [two years ago] had far from the best squad, but they did it.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

“I do not think we will have a surprise, like a country that has never won.”

The Three Lions do boast an excellent dressing room atmosphere and have played well in the build-up to the tournament.

Southgate has a major job on his hands - but it's definitely not impossible.

Could England end their 52-year wait for World Cup glory this summer? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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