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Thursday 19 April 2018

Sanchez: England won't win World Cup

CHILE forward Alexis Sanchez has hit out at the culture of football in England and believes Roy Hodgson's men have no chance of glory in next year's World Cup.

Sanchez will be the star player in the South American side's line-up when they face England in a friendly at Wembley on Friday evening.

The 24-year-old recently passed 100 appearances for Spanish giants Barcelona, but claims he has had to work hard to rise to the top.

That is in stark contrast to his England counterparts, whom Sanchez (pictured) perceives as being pampered from a young age.

"We are a tougher team than England," he said. "The problem for teams like England is that everything is so easy for them. They join these academies at maybe 10 or 11 years old and everything is done for them.

"I used to wash cars for such little money just so I had enough money to buy my football boots. When you are at academies like Manchester United and Arsenal then everything is just given to you."

The former Udinese man also cast doubt on England's hopes of victory in next year's World Cup in Brazil.

"I don't think England can win the World Cup," he said. "They have some very good players but are probably not at the level where they can beat the best.

"It will be very hard for any team outside of South America to win in Brazil, but if two teams have a chance then it is Spain and Germany. Their teams are exceptional."

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