'England won't win World Cup'

'England won't win World Cup'
Liverpool legend John Barnes poses with Masliah Hasim. The former player is in town to launch the SC Trophy, a five-a-side tournament StanChart holds annually.

SINGAPORE- England will not win the World Cup next year. Neither will Liverpool land the English Premier League trophy.

So fans of both teams need to learn to downsize their growing expectations, according to former Reds and England international stalwart, John Barnes.

"The great thing about football is that it gives every fan hope. The moment teams go on a good run, we just can't help ourselves, and expect them to win everything," he said.

"But you've got to be realistic and wonder if England or Liverpool have the resources to last the distance, and the fact is that they don't."

In town to support the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS), the 50-year-old knows all about unreasonable hype.

After all, he scored one of the greatest individual goals of all time in 1984, when he glided past five defenders to score against mighty Brazil on their home turf, the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

That sensational goal, however, became the yardstick that he was judged by whenever he subsequently put on the England jersey.

Nowadays, few England players would be capable of similar goals, but fans continue to hail them as potential World Cup winners, especially after they reached Brazil 2014 unbeaten in the qualifiers. "Everyone wants to win the World Cup - Costa Rica, Ghana, South Korea, Australia," Barnes said.

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