Mourinho backs England for World Cup win after Denmark victory

England continued their preparations last night by disposing of Denmark 1-0 courtesy of a late Daniel Sturridge header. Adam Lallana repaid the confidence shown in him by manager Roy Hodgson by swinging in a perfect cross for Sturridge to nod beyond Kasper Schmeichel in the 82nd minute.

Hodgson was delighted with the selection dilemma he now has after good performances on the night by Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshire complimenting the tandem act of Sturridge and Lallana. The England manager beamed "It means headaches for me but it's good news. I'm happy with their desire to get on that plane.".

Praise for the English squad was forthcoming again today as Jose Mourinho, who is generally a pretty positive person anyway, endorsed the squads World Cup chances. When quizzed this morning the Special One felt full sure that England could compete.

With football experts around the world lightning quick to write off the Three Lions, Mourinho offers a fresh and welcome perspective saying “England, everybody says ‘no, no, no, no, no’, but I always say, ‘why not?".

Experience is the key to a good tournament for Jose and he believes that England possesses that quality in abundance. Players like Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard have seen it all and can provide the cool headedness required to cause other teams problems.

Having these key English players in mind, Mourinho said "They know how to play for the big clubs, they play in the Champions League, which is probably the most difficult football in the world, so I don't see why they don't win. So one day they have to do it."

England open their World Cup 2014 bid in Brazil on June 14 against Italy in Manaus. Things continue to be eventful in Brazil as the locals braces themselves to host the biggest party in their nations history.

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