Veron backs England to make major impression at World Cup
Wednesday 29 March 2006
The Internazionale playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron has backed England to make a big impression at this summer's World Cup by naming them among his pre-tournament favourites.
The Argentinian played in England for several seasons and knows many of the squad well from his time with Manchester United and Chelsea.
"Even though Brazil are the best team, England have players at the top of their level," Veron said. "I like England very much because they have Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Steven Gerrard. And if David Beckham is charged up, they are candidates."
Veron, who is unlikely to feature in Germany for Argentina after being overlooked by the national coach Jose Pekerman ahead of the competition, continued: "For me, the stage of being one of the supporters has started.
"Perhaps I'm a bit nostalgic because I've been representing the national team for several years, two World Cups, and I had thousands of positive experiences. I'll be one more fan giving Argentina my backing."
Veron also agreed with those who believe his country have been drawn in the hardest qualifying group, with the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and Serbia & Montenegro, in the opening stage.
"It's true. It's the group of death," he said. "But we don't have to be dramatic, because our rivals should be even more worried. If we don't have injury problems, we'll reach the top spots."
Latest in Sport
Manchester United's best XI of the season so far: No place for Angel Di Maria or Juan Mata
Hector Bellerin opens up on switch from Barcelona to Arsenal
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria sells more shirts than Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and every other player in the Premier League
WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania 31: Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Replica Back to the Future Hoverboard released
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 5 Modern society encapsulated in five seconds