Neymar: 'England are not a threat at Brazil 2014 World Cup'
Saturday 01 June 2013
Brazil striker Neymar believes England are unlikely to be contenders for World Cup glory next summer.
The Barcelona-bound 21-year-old, who will leave Santos this summer, is preparing to face Roy Hodgson's side in a friendly at the Maracana tomorrow evening.
He claims England's players are high achievers at club level but pose little threat in the international game.
And with Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and looking to win the tournament for a sixth time, he cannot envisage the Three Lions mounting a challenge.
Speaking in The Sun, Neymar said: "I have respect for a lot of the England players as they have achieved great things at their clubs.
"But, as a national team, I don't look at England and think they are going to be a real threat at the World Cup.
"We want to win the World Cup in front of our home fans and the two nations I look at as a real threat are Germany and Spain.
"After that it's a group including Argentina, Holland, Italy and one or two more. But England I don't even think about."
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Adnan Januzaj to be offered in deal for Memphis Depay
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
David Beckham reveals secret of his success: I 'stayed in to watch Match of the Day' rather than go out with friends on a Saturday night
Real Madrid vs Juventus preview: Juventus know they must attack to match past European glory
Hull vs Arsenal match report: Hull put up a fight but only after slick Gunners are out of sight
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'