England can win the World Cup, says FA boss Bernstein

David Bernstein has backed England not only to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, the Daily Mirror has reported, but also to be good enough to win the tournament itself.

Bernstein is stepping down from his role as head of the Football Association before the competition gets underway, to be replaced by Greg Dyke, but Bernstein believes he is leaving behind an England side capable of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966 – even if they will need a bit of luck along the way.

Are the players Roy has good enough to win the World Cup? The answer, I suspect, is yes,” Bernstein said.

In tournaments you have favourites who blast their way through, teams like Spain who are a fantastic side and have done wonderfully well, but then you can have a side like Denmark who won the Euros out of the blue [in 1992] when they didn’t even qualify.

You need a whole series of things to work for you. The best sides need a bit of luck – you might need to win a penalty shoot-out at some point,” he added.

Before thinking of lifting the trophy, however, England need to ensure they are at the finals. Roy Hodgson’s side are currently second in their group, behind Montenegro. “English football needs a team at the major tournament, especially the World Cup,” Bernstein said. “It would clearly be bad news, a huge national disappointment if we didn’t make it. We need to be there.

I believe we will qualify and we come back here to win it. How else can an England team approach a major competition other than coming to win it?

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