Mourinho vows to give the Three Lions his roaring support…
Trailing Montenegro by two points in Group H but with a game in hand, the England national football team have a crucial four-game run-in during the September and October months that could be aided by an unlikely source - Jose Mourinho - as the Chelsea manager has pledged his assistance for the Three Lions' cause.
'I want to help. I want to support them,' the charismatic Blues coach vowed this week to The Sun.
Despite a remarkable goal difference of +18, largely thanks to a 13-0 battering of San Marino over two legs, England have failed to hold on to leads against Poland and Montenegro. They also had to rely on a late Frank Lampard equaliser to leave Wembley Stadium with a point versus Ukraine. Roy Hodgson's squad, therefore, may be undefeated but have still dropped six points due to three draws.
With a home date against Moldova and a trip to Ukraine scheduled for September and two home ties versus Montenegro and Poland in October, it is vital England pick up maximum points in order to best secure a passage to the Brazil World Cup in 2014.
Mourinho believes his role in supporting the nation will be getting the English contingent at Chelsea - Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill - in optimum condition so they are ready for international duty both for qualifiers and in Brazil, should they reach the finals.
'I will prepare players in a good way. I’ll prepare them well, motivate them to have a good season - and let them arrive in the last part of the season in great condition.
'I’ll make them an option for the national team. I will do with my English players everything I can to support them. And I will be very happy if England and my English players can succeed. So, yes, I will try to help my English players.'
Mourinho concluded by stating that it is imperative that his peers at other clubs in the Premier League act similarly: 'All managers have to think about trying to support them.'
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