Liverpool boss Rodgers expects England to thrive at World Cup

Brendan Rodgers believes England can go far at the World Cup, ESPN has reported, as the Liverpool manager feels the lack of expectation as compared to previous years will work in Roy Hodgson’s favour.

England sealed their place at Brazil 2014 on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Poland and Rodgers, whose Liverpool team will have a number of representatives in the Three Lions’ travelling party, is of the opinion that England have the requisite ability to succeed at an international tournament. It is, he argues, more of a mental question.

I think England will go there with not so much expectancy on the group, which might help them to flourish,” Rodgers said. “I’ve always thought that England have the talent and the technical players to participate in the game at a high level. It’s whether they’re asked and encouraged to do that. Let’s hope, for their sakes, that they can next summer.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard scored the second goal against Poland, while Daniel Sturridge converted a late penalty in Friday’s 4-1 win over Montenegro, and both are likely to travel with Hodgson to South America. The likes of Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson and Martin Kelly, meanwhile, have also all appeared for the national team under the current boss, one of Rodgers’ predecessors at Anfield.

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