England Won’t Win 2022 Qatar World Cup & Gareth Southgate Pressure
England will fail to win the 2022 World Cup due to the high temperatures in Qatar this December, says a former Three Lions winger.
Ex-Newcastle Utd and Tottenham star Chris Waddle spoke to BoyleSports this week on a number of topics, including the current Nations League.
While he feels England will struggle to come out on top in such humid conditions in six months’ time in the Middle East.
“England are in the mix with a lot of great sides. The heat in Qatar will be different and so will the pitches, it’ll be a lot different to what England are used to,” says Waddle.
“If it was being played in Europe, I’d say England have a great chance of winning it, but as it’s in Qatar, I don’t fancy a European team to win it.
“The only European team I think may come away with it is Spain, but I fancy Brazil and Argentina.
“You can take Neymar away from Brazil, but they still have Raphinha, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus – so many talented individuals in one team and I think they’ll enjoy Qatar, the weather and the way the pitch is.
“I hope I’m wrong and England do win it, but I do look at Brazil and Argentina as the two frontrunners and then from Europe I’d say Spain have the best chance.
“For England to win it is a big ask, but it is possible.”
Meanwhile, Waddle reckons England boss Gareth Southgate will start to feel the pressure if he fails to land a major trophy soon, after years of promise and nurturing a huge pool of talented youngsters.
“Everyone wants the England manager to win something and the pressure is on because England are expected to win trophies,” he said.
“We’ve knocked on the door on many occasions but can’t get over the line. With what is invested into English football now, we should be winning tournaments.
“Everyone hypes the Premier League as the best league, but you look at Spain and they have the best record.
“Arguably you can say the Premier League is stronger than the Spanish League overall, but the Spanish teams still win the trophies.
“You look at the top two teams in England [Man City and Liverpool] and there’s only two or three English players in each team.
“England might have the best league, but I wouldn’t say there were seven or eight English players in those teams, so it’s a problem.”
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