Ex-Spurs and England boss: "Forget the World Cup, concentrate on Euro 2016"

Glenn Hoddle

Former Tottenham and England manager Glenn Hoddle believes that England have little chance at the World Cup and should focus on Euro 2016 instead.

Hoddle, who managed England from 1996 to 1999, believes that England should forget about winning the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and should instead focus on playing young players in a bid to get them adjusted to international football ahead of the European Championships in France in 2016.

"When I took England to the World Cup Finals I thought we had a fabulous set of players, some brilliant young players coming through, some vastly experienced internationals. But what really excited me was how those young players would gain experience in France 98 and go on to become a real force two years later in the Euros," said Hoddle.

But that didn’t detract from my focus on going to the World Cup in France with an attitude of trying to go all the way and win it, and I am sure that will be Roy Hodgson’s approach. Still, I always thought our better chance would be in the European Championships. Regrettably, I was not given that opportunity to prove my theory right," added the former Chelsea star.

Young players such as Steven Caulker, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling could feature for Hodgson's side this summer, and it seems Hoddle would rather see those players develop on the international stage ahead of Euro 2016 than use the same old faces that have failed England repeatedly in recent years.

Hoddle went on to say that England will need a lot of help if they are to get anywhere at the World Cup, saying; "For England to win it, we are going to need a lot of luck, a lot referees' decisions going our way and maybe players sent off in the opposition—then we might have half a chance. But those are the sort of things you cannot legislate for," said Hoddle, who seems incredibly down on England's chances of success in Brazil this summer.

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