Retired midfielder Jimmy Bullard has tipped his former club West Ham United to challenge for Europe, in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport.
The 36-year-old, who retired from the game in 2012, was speaking as part of Ladbrokes Rugby’s ‘Who’s Got The Balls’ campaign, which sees him pit himself against ex-Rugby Union star Austin Healy in a series of challenges.
And Bullard, who spent the entirety of his youth career at Upton Park, is tipping new manager Slaven Bilic to guide the club back into Europe just in time for their move to the Olympic Stadium next year.
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“I went back to visit recently and I genuinely think they have a great chance to reach Europe this season.
“We’ve had the best start for years, a dream start in many ways. We can achieve good things this season.”
Praise for Rooney
Bullard was also optimistic about England’s chances of glory at Euro 2016, though admitted supporters should be careful of what they expect:
“We’ve been a bit guilty of putting the team on a pedestal in the past, but people forget how small a country we are.
“We have a lot of quality players, young players as well. Wayne Rooney, England’s top goalscorer, that’s a blinding achievement.
“He still has much to give and so do many other players. We just need to be careful of expecting too much because we can’t live up to the expectations of old.
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