Chile’s Sanchez doubts England World Cup chances ahead of Friday friendly

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez has expressed heavy doubts about England ahead of the friendly between the countries at Wembley on Friday, suggesting England are too soft to win the 2014 World Cup, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Sanchez, who plays for Spanish giants Barcelona, believes that England players have had it too easy for them since they were developed into internationals, and thinks England will flop in Rio next summer. “We are a tougher team than England,” he said.

Sanchez has made just over 100 appearances for Barcelona, and believes English players had a completely different childhood compared to the Chilean. “The problem for teams like England is that everything is so easy for them. They join these academies at maybe 10 or 11 years old and everything is done for them.

I used to wash cars for such little money just so I had enough money to buy my football boots. When you are at academies like Manchester United and Arsenal then everything is just given to you.

If I had failed I would be working 15-hour days on construction sites and still not be earning enough to live. Football saved me, and I don’t think any England players could say that.

I don’t think England can win the World Cup,” he concluded. “They have some very good players but are probably not at the level where they can beat the best.

Sanchez joined Barca in 2011, having enjoyed spells at Colo-Colo and River Plate whilst at Udinese. The forward, who often plays on the wing, has scored 27 goals for Barcelona and has represented Chile more than 60 times.

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