Lineker: World Cup perfect for England youngsters

first_imgEngland World Cup is perfect platform for England youngsters, says Lineker Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England World Cup The England legend insists that the Three Lions chances of winning the tournament are low – and should look to give youth a chance Gary Lineker has ruled out England sparking a surprise and winning the 2018 World Cup, encouraging Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to give youth a chance during the tournament.England play their first match of the World Cup on Monday against Tunisia, although expectations are relatively low among fans with Brazil, Germany, France and Spain the more traditional favourites.An experienced England side failed to progress from the group stage in 2014 and two years later flopped against Iceland at Euro 2016, but Southgate has given youth more opportunity since he took the helm last year. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I personally would lean a bit toward the younger players, the ones that have had a bit of success in tournaments. Just to give them the experience. Perhaps sell it to the English public as a learning curve for our boys,” Lineker told Goal at BBC media day.“Let’s not get over expectant, we’re not going to win it or anything. We are going to see how it will go. It will be a great chance for these young players, mixed with a bit of experience obviously.“We are on the cusp of being a very, very good international side. It’s probably, realistically a bit too soon. If we got to the quarter-final, that would be a great achievement with what we’ve got.“But looking behind it, looking in four years’ time, then we are going to be super competitive. I think this is a great opportunity to bring in the likes of [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, terrific young players who have performed really well this season. And just give them a go. What do England have to lose?”Lineker suggests that England’s biggest weakness compared to other countries is the dearth of truly top stars in the team but insists improvements have been made and it won’t be long before Southgate’s team are able to establish themselves as a major force on the international stage.“We are lacking world-class players, that is what you really need to be successful at a World Cup. We have been through a period of time where we did not produce enough world-class players. We had Rooney, who was probably the only world-class player of his generation,” he said.“Now we’re starting to get there again, with Harry Kane and young players like Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli. Players like that doing really well, Kyle Walker doing brilliantly at Manchester City. We are starting to get one or two players who could become world class.“But ultimately, to be successful, we need more and you can see that happening because we have got so many great young kids coming through. But it’s probably a couple of years too soon.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14last_img

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