Germany legend Lothar Matthaus says England ‘are one of the favourites’ to WIN the World Cup
German footballing legend Lothar Matthaus says England “are one of the favourites” to WIN the World Cup despite relegation from the Nations League… but insists Gareth Southgate’s side ” has a problem with his guardian”
- Lothar Matthaus says England are ‘one of the favourites’ for Qatar World Cup
- Despite his recent performances, the German legend sees England in contention
- He claims Gareth Southgate’s side ‘could have three top teams’ competing
- Matthaus has warned Southgate he has a ‘goalkeeper problem’
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German football legend Lothar Matthaus believes, despite their recent performances, England are still “one of the favourites” to win the World Cup this year.
The Three Lions have had a turbulent few months since June, with defeats to Hungary and Italy culminating in their relegation from Nations League A tier this week.
However, Matthaus, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 1990, insists Gareth Southgate’s side are still in contention but also warned of their “big problem”.
England are winless in their last five matches and have lost three of them
German legend Lothar Matthaus says England are still in contention to win the World Cup
Speaking to the Telegraph, Matthaus said: “When you see the names of the players, England are one of the favorites at the World Cup.” England and France could have three first teams.
‘Fourth place in Russia. Euro final – they are close to winning a title after 1966. But maybe they have a problem with the goalkeeper.
“They don’t have a goalkeeper like Germany. It can be a big problem. You need every player in the World Cup.
With Southgate’s usual first-choice goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford – injured, Newcastle’s Nick Pope started the recent match for Italy. Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale is also in contention to start against Germany on Monday night.
With Pickford’s club Everton struggling last season and nearly relegated, chances are the England boss can count on a new man between the sticks in Qatar.
Jordan Pickford was out of action after suffering a thigh injury with Everton
Aaron Ramsdale (L) and Nick Pope will compete for a starting spot against Germany
Matthaus continued: “But I think it’s good, especially for countries with such a long championship without a winter break, to play this World Cup during the season rather than at the end.
‘You have so many games and one [domestic] more cutting competition. This means that the best players usually have between six and ten games more than in Germany and Spain.
The World Cup being played in the middle of the regular season results in potentially higher quality at tournament level, but could see a drag in the domestic leagues later in the year.
Gareth Southgate’s England side went 495 minutes without a goal in open play
England are winless in their last five matches, losing three of them, in what is their longest winless streak since 2014 and their worst competitive fixture streak since 1992.
Southgate’s side also went 495 minutes without a goal in open play, with Harry Kane’s penalty in the second leg against Germany in Munich being the only goal they scored in that dismal Nations League campaign.
They are desperate for a boost in Monday’s clash with Germany to lift their spirits ahead of their World Cup opener against Iran at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium on November 21.