Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Former Liverpool man John Barnes is expecting a few shock results in this summer’s World Cup.

Barnes earned 79 caps for England and played in two World Cups for the Three Lions in 1986 and 1990.

The 50-year-old believes that the playing style of the big teams is too similar and they eventually cancel each other out over the course of the tournament.

"I think a lot of the teams at the World Cup play to a similar style, so I think that will be a great leveller and there will be some surprises," Barnes told LFC TV.

The likes of Brazil, Italy and Germany have dominated the tournament in the past, but Barnes believes that the big teams are not as strong as they are made out to be this time around.  


He expects a few of them to suffer a few shock results in the hands of some of the unfancied teams, which he thinks will add to the excitement of the World Cup.

"The World Cup in the past has always been about Brazil, Argentina and the European teams, but I don't think those teams are as strong as they have been before.

"So I'm looking at some of the underdog teams like Chile, Uruguay and Colombia who will shock a few people, which is the most exciting element of the World Cup."

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