It could all get rather Messi

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

DAR­REN Fletcher reck­ons things could get rather ‘Messi’ in South Africa!

The BBC broad­caster is tip­ping Ar­gentina to be crowned world cham­pi­ons for the third time – pro­vid­ing their star-stud­ded play­ers can keep mad­cap coach Diego Maradona in check.

Fletcher also reck­ons Hol­land rank as a de­cent out­side bet and he will see at first-hand how his se­lec­tions per­form with plenty of Group B and Group E dates in his diary.

Fletcher said: “It is easy to tip Spain to win, but they have prob­lems with play­ers like Fer­nando Tor­res, Cesc Fabre­gas and An­dres Ini­esta. As favourites they have a few ques­tions to an­swer in my book.

“My tip would be Ar­gentina. I think this is one of the best squads they have had since 1986 and if the play­ers can man­age the coach, I’m sure they will go a long way. They have top play­ers all over the park.

“A dark horse could well be Hol­land who prob­a­bly pos­sess the most po­tent front six in world foot­ball if Ar­jen Robben is fit.

“If they can avoid fall­ing out with each other as of­ten hap­pens, and if their goal­keeper Maarten Steke­len­burg can step up to the plate, they could go a long way.”

He clearly fan­cies Maradona’s men to go all the way, but what does Fletcher think of Eng­land’s chances?

“They should get to the quar­ter-fi­nals and fall­ing short of that would rank as a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment,” he added. “But I can’t see them go­ing much fur­ther. If they get to the semis, they will be do­ing well.

“I just don’t feel we have enough gen­uine world-class play­ers in the squad.”

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