Lionel Messi has snubbed England as he named the two teams he thinks have the best chance of winning the World Cup.
The tournament is set to kick off in Qatar in less than a month, with the opening match on November 20, before the Three Lions begin their campaign the following day against Iran. Gareth Southgate is set to submit a 55-man provisional squad for the tournament on Friday, with England's group also including the USA and Wales.
Ahead of the World Cup getting underway, Messi has claimed Brazil and France have the best chances of winning the tournament but that England are among the favourites.
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He has also admitted it will be difficult for Argentina to win the World Cup, despite their success at last year's Copa America, Messi's first major international trophy.
Speaking to DirecTV Sports, via Record, he explained: “For us Argentines, it's hard to be calm. We are always candidates, but it wasn't always like that.
“A World Cup is very difficult. You have to give a lot of things to be champion. There are many teams that want the same as us and, if we are not at our best, there are many that will be better.
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“The favourites are always the big teams like Germany, Brazil, France, England and Spain. But if I have to choose two, I think Brazil and France are the great favourites to win this World Cup. I think France have impressive players like Mbappe and a very clear idea of the game.”
The 2022 World Cup could prove to be the 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward's last, as he will be 39 before the end of the next tournament in four years time. It remains the only major trophy available to him that he has not won during his illustrious career.
Argentina have been drawn in group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland and could face England as early as the quarter-finals.
The two old rivals will meet in the last eight if one of them wins their group and the other comes second, before they both win their round of 16 ties.
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