Jose Mourinho backs “really strong” England for World Cup success

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says England can roar their way through the World Cup to lift the title on July 15, as reported by the Mirror.

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1966 was the last taste of international success for the Three Lions but Mourinho believes this young, expressive Gareth Southgate squad can end the nation’s 52 years of agony.

The special one trusts this England team have the capability to shock the world and take the country to World Cup glory.

England’s tournament begins in Group G against Tunisia on Monday and Mourinho pointed out there are top level players representing England this summer: “England have a good group of young but experienced players.

“All of them play in the best domestic competition in the world in the Premier League. All of them playing in the best teams. All of them having experience of playing in the Champions League.”

18 of the 23-man squad play for one of the ‘Top 6’ in the Premier League which shows there is high-end quality in Southgate’s squad.

But the ex-Chelsea boss admitted that international giants such as Spain, Brazil and Germany are obvious although that may not guarantee these titans World Cup success: “They have good squads, but good squads do not always make good teams.

“Sometimes, not-so-special squads, in theory, can make better teams. For example, Portugal in the Euros [two years ago] had far from the best squad, but they did it.”

Mourinho has four of his Manchester United men in the England squad including Jesse Lingard who the Portuguese boss said is the joker of this English team and can lift morale in camp which is important ahead of a big tournament.

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Lingard will find it tough to make the starting line-up with Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford all looking to be favoured ahead of the young midfielder.

With exciting youth and exuberant energy in the England ranks, the Three Lions could spring a surprise in Russia and bring football home once again.

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