West Ham’s Franco planning to knock off England

West Ham striker Guillermo Franco is planning to help Mexico to their first win over England in a quarter of a century on Monday night.

West Ham striker Guillermo Franco is planning to help Mexico to their first win over England in a quarter of a century on Monday night.

As both nations ramp up their World Cup preparations, Franco is confident El Tri are good enough to produce a victory over the Three Lions, which would be their first since 1985.

“We can beat England, even though they are a very important team, very strong, hard opposition, who play very well with a very high work-rate in all the departments,” he said.

“Fabio Capello has made his mark under all these respects, and I believe it will be a fine test for Mexico.

“We are playing one of the best sides in the world, in a match to look forward to, like the ones to follow against Holland and Italy before we go to the World Cup.

“But of course we can win. If Mexico keep their concentration and stay focused on their task we can have a good game and play on the same level.

“There are no unbeatable international teams. To play at Wembley is always something special, a win would give us a tremendous boost and this is the first World Cup test with all our best players available.”

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