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."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more
Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Five reasons why Argentina will win the World Cup
Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thwarting Louis van Gaal over transfer
World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina preview: German team ethic tests Lionel Messi's ability to meet the challenge
Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: Arrogant Brazilian team may never be forgiven by the fans
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 War is war: Why I stand with Israel