Sven dismisses England's World Cup chances

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said the Three Lions will not win the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Sven-Goran Eriksson after England's defeat in the 2006 World Cup. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

The 65-year-old Swede, who led England to the quarter-finals twice in 2002 and 2006, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe they can win the World Cup in Brazil.

"Maybe in Russia in 2018. There are a lot of young players coming in. I think it's easier to win it there than in Brazil."

Roy Hodgson's side will have to make history if they win their second World Cup, with no European side ever winning football's most prestigious prize in South America.

The new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke also dismissed England's chances in Brazil next summer and instead targeted World Cup 2022 for success.