England can win World Cup claims Roy Hodgson
Hodgson expecting Three Lions to go beyond the group stage and scrap it out with Brazil and Argentina
June 6th, 2014
England are a 33/1 shot to win the 2014 World Cup although Roy Hodgson doesn’t see his team as outsiders as the team prepare for their final warm-up match before the tournament proper.
The Three Lions drew 2-2 with Ecuador on Wednesday night and now face Honduras on Saturday evening before a difficult World Cup opener against Italy on 14 June.
Hodgson is delighted with the squad’s preparation for the tournament and feels confident that England will give a good account of themselves in Brazil.
“What makes me think we can win it is that it is a knockout competition. If we look at previous tournaments like [Euro] 1992, Denmark didn’t even qualify, they rounded people up from the beaches, and beat Holland on the way to the final and Germany in the final.
“We are not low down the rankings [10th] so anyone who thinks we can’t win has to be barking up the wrong tree. And anyone who comes in with England and thinks we can’t win has to be barking up the wrong tree.
“All I know is that we can work towards it, that the process of winning it is being done as perfectly as possible. With the process we have, and the staff I have, that gives us a really good chance.
“I can guarantee you that the players are 100% committed to winning it even though they know it is a big ask. We’d like to think we will go beyond the group stage, we are planning for it.’’
England face Italy in Manaus before meeting other Group D opponents Uruguay and Costa Rica for a place in the last sixteen of the tournament.