Alan Sugar: England will never win the World Cup

Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Alan Sugar has delivered a damning verdict of England's future chances of World Cup success.

Costa Rica's 1-0 win over Italy earlier today, during which Fulham "flop" Bryan Ruiz scored the winning header, ensured the Three Lions have been knocked out of this summer's World Cup after just two games.

Defeats to Italy and then Uruguay - both of which finished 2-1 - condemned Roy Hodgson's side to a humiliating exit, with many critics feeling both games were extremely winnable for the English.

The inquest has begun early, with the FA declaring that Hodgson will stay on as England boss despite the disastrous showing, while Lord Sugar has joined the long list of big names to voice his opinion over Twitter.

Interestingly, then, it is the success of English domestic football that Sugar is blaming for England's failure at international level. The argument is nothing new, of course, but the claim that the Three Lions will never win a major tournament again in their future is a bold one.

Foreign talent certainly rules the Premier League - but the likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are all English - and all came within two points of winning the Premier League.

James Milner and Joe Hart, meanwhile, form part of league champions Manchester City.

Arguably, the Three Lions' faults lie more with coaching and their handling of major events, as the quality of squad was certainly there - but not the quality of performance.

Still, Sugar's forthright assessment is a worrying one. In recent years, England's performance at major tournaments seems to be getting worse and worse, with very little looking like changing at FA or management level.

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