England will not win World Cup in Brazil says Sir Bobby Charlton
Tuesday 04 September 2012
Sir Bobby Charlton has written off Roy Hodgson's hopes of leading England to 2014 World Cup glory.
The England and Manchester United legend said in the foreword to a new book entitled, 'England Centurions': "They haven't got a lot of top-quality players to choose from and, because of that, you must feel it is going to be difficult to win things.
"You cannot see it happening in Brazil at the next World Cup, for instance.
"Perhaps, if the right group of players come together and stay together for a while and gel into a team, with the right manager, then perhaps it might happen, but I have to be honest and say it's a way off.
"Since the European Union and the influx of so many foreign players, there is a definite shortage of English players from which the England manager can select, it has become far more difficult.
"I feel sorry for the England manager, whoever he is, as he simply doesn't have enough players to choose from."
Many believe England's hopes of success in the near future lie with Wayne Rooney, who has flopped at every major tournament since he exploded onto the international stage at the 2004 European Championship.
"It is up to the England manager to find a way of bringing the best out of him at international level, and how best to handle him," said Charlton, who backed Rooney to break his England goalscoring record.
"He is handled very well at Manchester United, and I am sure it will evolve with England and if that is the case I feel sure that Wayne is the player most capable of breaking my record of 49 goals, which has stood the test of time."
Rooney currently has 29 international goals and Charlton added: "If anyone is going to get the record then it's going to be Wayne Rooney. He's good enough and he is still young enough.
"No matter how much I might like being the top goalscorer, I will be pleased when someone breaks it, particularly if it's Wayne. I would congratulate them. It is certainly a record to treasure." .
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
Latest in Sport
Liverpool 5 Norwich City 1 match report: Luis Suarez tears Norwich apart once again with four goals and an assist
Cricket Australia apologises for ‘racist’ Monty Panesar Teletubbies tweet
Manchester United must win 'an awful lot of games' if they are to retain the Premier League title, admits David Moyes after Everton defeat
Five things we learned from the midweek Premier League fixtures: Nicklas Bendtner could help Arsenal push for the title; David Moyes mocked by Everton fans; Luis Suarez among the best
Manchester United 0 Everton 1 match report: Roberto Martinez pulls off elusive victory that eluded David Moyes
- 2 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 3 Scientists sequence oldest human DNA from fossilised leg bone found in Spain
- 4 ‘Put it in my mouth’: Viewers outraged by apparent reference to oral sex in VIP e-cig advert
- 5 Joanna Lumley’s garden bridge over the Thames gets £30m seal of approval from Government