WHO’LL WIN IT...AND HOW FAR WILL ENG­LAND GO? OUR EX­PERTS HAVE THEIR SAY

Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 - I don’t want to put too much pres­sure on the play­ers but this would be an im­prove­ment on the last two tour­na­ments. I’m hope­ful they will get to the last eight and pos­si­bly even the last four. I like the make-up of the squad — we have got so much pace. I

JAMIE RED­KNAPP WIN­NERS: BRAZIL They’ve got hard-work­ing play­ers such as Roberto Firmino and ge­nius in Ney­mar. If he stays fit, they can win the World Cup.

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PETER CROUCH WIN­NERS: BRAZIL Now they fi­nally have top-class goal­keep­ers — Alis­son must be out­stand­ing if he is keep­ing Eder­son out — plus a back four that is tight and well pro­tected by a solid mid­field, they would be my pick. When you throw Ney­mar and all their for­wards into the mix, they could be fright­en­ing.

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CHRIS SUT­TON WIN­NERS: FRANCE It’s ei­ther tri­umph or dis­as­ter with France at World Cups but this year they have all the in­gre­di­ents for suc­cess. Kylian Mbappe can be their star.

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MARTIN KE­OWN WIN­NERS: BRAZIL Four years ago they could not han­dle the pres­sure of their home crowd. They will play with greater free­dom now — and have a bet­ter team.

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BRYAN ROB­SON WIN­NERS: GER­MANY Brazil are the pop­u­lar choice but showed flaws in the friendly against Croa­tia. Back to back World Cup wins are dif­fi­cult but I fancy Ger­many. Any­one who can leave out Leroy Sane must have a good squad.

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They’ll qual­ify from the group but, depend­ing on the draw, I can’t see them go­ing be­yond the quar­ter fi­nals. If they play with en­joy­ment though it could bode well for the fu­ture. MATT LAWTON WIN­NERS: FRANCE A squad ooz­ing with tal­ent and a man­ager, in Di­dier Deschamps, who looks ca­pa­ble of fol­low­ing World Cup vic­tory as a cap­tain with World Cup vic­tory as a coach. He needs a big tour­na­ment from Paul Pogba but when you also have play­ers of the qual­ity of N’Golo Kante, An­toine Griez­mann and Mbappe you have more than a fight­ing chance.

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Any­thing is pos­si­ble, cer­tainly af­ter the man­ner of their exit from the last World Cup and that crush­ing de­feat to Ice­land two years ago. But Gareth South­gate has cre­ated a squad that seems to be in a re­ally good place right now. I see them go­ing down with a fight to ei­ther Ger­many or Brazil in the quar­ter-fi­nals. IAN LADY­MAN WIN­NERS: GER­MANY We like to as­so­ciate flair with the World Cup but in re­al­ity that is not what tends to win through these days. Ger­many is what wins through more of­ten than not.

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SAMI MOKBEL WIN­NERS: AR­GENTINA Lionel Messi’s club career has been rid­dled with defin­ing mo­ments. On the in­ter­na­tional stage, though, he is still wait­ing for the tour­na­ment that shows his true su­per­pow­ers, even if he did win player of the tour­na­ment in 2014. This could be Messi’s fi­nal crack at the ul­ti­mate glory. You wouldn’t put it past him.

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That will be a more than sat­is­fy­ing re­sult fol­low­ing the sham­bles of Euro 2016 and the last World Cup. South­gate has picked an ex­cit­ing young squad full of pace. But ex­pect them to buckle as soon as they face an elite na­tion. MATT BAR­LOW WIN­NERS: BRAZIL An abun­dance of tal­ent and not so heav­ily re­liant on Ney­mar as they were four years ago un­der pres­sure as hosts. They have been moulded into a bal­anced and func­tional team by coach Tite and this prom­ises to be the best Brazil team since they won the World Cup in 2002.

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IAN HER­BERT WIN­NERS: GER­MANY Grafted on to vast tour­na­ment ex­pe­ri­ence is youth. Joshua Kim­mich, Leon Goret­zka, Nik­las Sule and Timo Werner are the new gen­er­a­tion. Hav­ing seven Bay­ern Mu­nich play­ers helps as much as the longevity of coach Joachim Low.

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Lower ex­pec­ta­tions point to a less in­hib­ited Eng­land win­ning their group.

Teen spirit: France star Kylian Mbappe

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