Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Former England striker Alan Shearer has stressed the need for the Three Lions to improve, but is pessimistic about their chances of winning the World Cup.

The 1966 world champions have failed to live up to the hype that has been built up surrounding them in every tournament they have been involved in since hosting and winning the World Cup.

However, with manager Roy Hodgson selecting a rather young squad for the World Cup this time around, the expectations are relatively high.

Shearer, who was part of the England team between 1992 and 2000, believes that getting to the quarter-finals will be more than enough for the England squad.


"I just want to see us improve," the 43-year-old was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"I want to see us attack. I want to see us play with a bit of pace and passion.

"Do I think we can win it, no I don't.

"If we can get to a quarter-final in an attack minded way, I think that's pretty good."

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