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​Ex-Spurs, Man Utd striker Sheringham: England have no chance of winning World Cup

Former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes England have no chance of winning the World Cup.

It is a pessimistic view, but Sheringham does not see the squad as having the talent or the togetherness necessary to win the trophy.

He said: "Can we do well in Russia? Honestly, no. If you are going to win a World Cup you have to have two or three world-class players... at least. England have one — Kane.

"You look around the rest of the team and, yes, there are good players but some of them cannot even get into their club teams, which is terrible for English football. I love Gareth as a man and a person and I like what he is trying to do, but he's up against it.

"It is going to be a really tough summer. We just find it hard to win games in the World Cup.

"We struggle with tournament football. We have had good squads over the years, but it is tough to take the English mentality to World Cups. Teams know the style.

"Teams expect us to play that way. Other countries are more clever to our ways than we are to theirs. Gareth is trying to do it, but it is a tough task to ask him to do it with the players we have.

"The foreign contingent in this country are over-running English players and that makes it hard for those English players to gain experience. Look at the way we went out of the last European Championship. If you get turned over by Spain or Italy and get battered by football... OK. But Iceland beat us at our own game. That was the worrying thing."

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