Nobody likes to hear that you can't do something, however being a realist, Glenn Hoddle is probably right. No European team has ever won a World Cup that has been held in South America, that's the first issue. Issue number two.... we haven't even qualified yet and we have two difficult games over the next week to secure qualification. Issue number three....we don't have a good enough team to do it, yet!
"I do believe we will be there, but it is about the experience that the likes of the Barkleys, the Wilsheres can get under their belt so that we can have a real onslaught at the Euros,"
"Spain have Europe's best chance, but even then they probably only have a 35% chance. England have got a lesser chance than that. I don't want to put a percentage on that."
Now despite the historical figure, I would put Spain's chances of success a little higher than 35%, but that's just me. If you are there, you have a chance, it's as simple as that. Hoddle may not put a percentage on it, but I would put it at less than 5%. We all saw what happened in the heat of South Africa, Germany were at full speed for 90 minutes and the England team looked like they were running through mud.
However Hoddle has an excellent point. If we do make it, we should use this tournament as a springboard for success at the 2016 Euro's. Get players like Sturridge, Barkley, Wilshere plenty of experience. Get them used to tournament football. It's a quick turnaround that players need to learn to deal with, recovery is vital, especially after a very long domestic season.
Hoddle who is now a member of the Football Association Committee has grand plans for the future development of English talent. Speaking to the Guardian, Hoddle explains that a Quota system on home-grown players in the Premier League is a necessity: