Greg Dyke, the chairman of the Football Association, has said that England should be content with another quarter-final place at the World Cup in 2014, should they qualify, BBC
Dyke on Wednesday gave a speech in which he outlined his vision for the future of the national team and announced the formation of a panel to investigate why England fall short at tournaments on a regular basis, with the number of foreign players in the Premier League on the agenda.
And Dyke has added that next year’s World Cup will prove difficult for England to win for a variety of reasons, with the European Championships in 2020 and the World Cup two years later a more realistic aim.
“It doesn’t mean we can’t do well in Brazil as long as we qualify,” Dyke said, adding: “I don’t think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup in Brazil. I asked a bunch of journalists what would be seen as doing well in Brazil, and the consensus was if we reach the quarter finals we’ll do very well.
“That’s not to say we can’t win. But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s pretty hard to win in Latin America anyway for a European side. We’re certainly not going to go there as odds-on favourites, that’s for sure,” Dyke said.
He added that he has spoken with Roy Hodgson, the England manager, and shared his thoughts on the subject, and that he believes Hodgson will guide England to a place in Brazil. “Obviously I thought about that, I discussed it with Roy Hodgson. He knows that we want to do the best we can possibly do at every tournament and I believe we will qualify for Brazil and we can do OK.”
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