Brazil were when they hosted the World Cup in 2014? And remember how they still managed to reach the quarterfinals despite being so bad? Well, that was totally down to Neymar, who scored four goals before his tournament was ended by injury! World Cup warm-up Ney was the joint-third highest scorer in Ligue 1 last term and got the most assists!
NEY'S IN GOOD COMPANY!
He’s currently on 54 goals for Brazil – at 26 years old he has plenty of time to catch these three legends!
“It’s a huge tournament for Harry because of what happened to him and England two years ago at Euro 2016. He certainly won’t be taking any corners at this tournament! He’s announced himself to everyone around Europe, and now is his chance to make a name for himself globally. He’ll go into the tournament with confidence after scoring 41 goals for Tottenham!”
“I was 15 when Gary Lineker scored all those goals and won the Golden Boot in 1986. I remember thinking, ‘I want a piece of that, I want to do that’ – and then I was able to be a part of it in 1998, so my dream came true!”
“Gabriel Jesus! He’ll go
into the tournament fresh because he’s not played much this year. He’s young, energetic and is a big player who can score all sorts of goals!”
“If I was Gareth Southgate, I’d just write this tournament off. We realistically haven’t got what it takes. I’d say this is all about experience and playing lots of young players. You never know with knockout competitions – you can get lucky, but we haven’t got the world-class players you need to actually be favourites. We will have, though, in four or six years’ time!”
“They’ve got a lot of good footballers who keep the ball, with bags of experience. France have got a chance if they can get a togetherness and system that suits them. Brazil have firepower, but I just don’t like their system with three holding midfielders!”
“It went bonkers when we made the semi-final at Italia ’90. People say they don’t care about the England team, but they will. It will be insanely wonderful and then heartbreaking! You get through the group, though, and you’re only three matches from the final. You can get lucky – you never know!”