Neymar picks ‘incredible’ Harry Kane and World Cup snub as favourite England players

Neymar during a training session Credit: Alamy
Neymar during a training session Credit: Alamy

Brazil forward Neymar has heaped praise on England captain Harry Kane as well as Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho.

Sancho was not named in the Three Lions’ 26-man World Cup squad by manager Gareth Southgate.

The 22-year-old has struggled in the Premier League since joining the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund for around £75million in 2021.

Despite his poor form since returning to England, Brazilian superstar Neymar is a huge fan and picked him out when asked about England’s chances of winning the World Cup.

“The World Cup is full of surprises,” he told The Telegraph. “You get teams that unexpectedly get very far even in the competition even if many don’t believe in them.

“But I believe the favourites are Argentina, Germany, Spain and France. I think those four along with Brazil are fully capable of reaching the final.”

Pressed on England’s chances in Qatar, Neymar said: “I really forgot about England but obviously they have a chance!

“I really like Kane and Sancho. They’re two incredible players and I have a special love for them because I like players that have their qualities.”

I do wonder if Neymar knows Sancho will not be in Qatar…

Neymar conceded that winning the World Cup is his “greatest dream” and is hoping for a more successful campaign this time around after disappointment in 2014 and 2018.

“The World Cup is my greatest dream,” he said.

“It has been since I understood what football was. Now I’m getting another chance so I hope to make it.”

Neymar says he often jokes with Paris Saint-Germain teammate and Argentina captain Lionel Messi that he will beat Brazil’s arch-rivals in the final of the World Cup.

He said: “Everyone obviously has high hopes for the World Cup and feels not anxious but excited. Everybody wants to be at the World Cup.

“We don’t discuss it very much but sometimes we joke about crossing paths with each other in the final. I tell him (Messi) that I’ll be champion and win against him and we have a good laugh.

“Playing with him and Kylian (Mbappe) is a huge pleasure. They’re two greats, with Messi long considered the best in the world.

“Kylian is a young player who’s been growing and showing his potential and still has a lot to grow.

“It’s always great to play alongside the greats, I’ve always preferred that because the chances of winning are higher.”

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