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Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand dismiss England's World Cup chances

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 12:07pm IST | Agency: ANI

London: English footballer-turned TV personality Gary Lineker and Manchester United defender have reportedly dismissed England's chances of bagging this years World Cup.

Lineker, who used to play as a striker for England, said that Roy Hodgson's squad has no hope of winning in Brazil.

According to the Daily Star, Lineker said that despite England looking in a much better place than they did six months ago, they should be realistic because if they get to the quarter-finals, that would be a very good effort, but further than that would be punching above their weight.

The Match Of The Day host said that the tournament would be a chance for England to focus on 'nurturing talent' rather than going out to win, adding that the conditions are not awful as it is their winter, but no European team has won the World Cup in South America.

Meanwhile, former fellow England star Ferdinand said that Hodgson should take the chance to include young players when he announces his team next week as there is 'no pressure' to succeed in Brazil.

The World Cup will kickoff on June 14 in Manaus with England going off against Italy in the first clash of the tournament.

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