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Neymar names Kane and surprise star as favourite England players ahead of World Cup

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Brazil superstar Neymar has revealed he’s a big fan of two England players – but only one will be at the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain star is heading to Qatar looking to win the tournament and cement his legacy as one of the game’s greats but the Three Lions could get in their way.

Neymar and co are the bookies’ favourites but England could stop them

Neymar and co are the bookies’ favourites but England could stop them

Last Thursday, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate revealed his 26-man squad who will represent England at the World Cup.

It features the likes of Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, with all of them keen to avenge their Euro 2020 final heartbreak against Italy last summer with glory in Qatar over the next month.

Like Brazil, England are considered to be one of the favourites to go all the way and lift the trophy on Sunday, 18 December.

Southgate has selected a group full of talent, and now Neymar has named who his two favourite players are from the Three Lions, despite one of them not making the 26-man list.

“I really like [Harry] Kane and [Jadon] Sancho,” he told The Telegraph.

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

Kane is set to captain England at the World Cup in Qatar

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Kane is set to captain England at the World Cup in Qatar

Neymar likes Sancho, but Southgate has not taken him to Qatar

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Neymar likes Sancho, but Southgate has not taken him to Qatar


Sancho was left out of the England squad for this year’s World Cup, with the 22-year-old still appearing to struggle to life in the Premier League at Manchester United.

He has made 22 international caps for his country, but will have to wait a little longer to earn his next appearance.

Captain Kane on the other hand will be one of the first names on the team sheet, and the Tottenham striker will overtake Wayne Rooney as England’s top scorer goalscorer ever should he net three at the World Cup.

Neymar also shared his thoughts on who could win this year’s tournament.

He said: “The World Cup is full of surprises. 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.”

Kane will rival Neymar for the Golden Boot and perhaps the Golden Ball in Qatar

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Kane will rival Neymar for the Golden Boot and perhaps the Golden Ball in Qatar

He then added: “I really forgot about England but obviously they have a chance!”

England’s first match of the World Cup will be against Iran on Monday afternoon, and talkSPORT will have live coverage of the Three Lions’ first outing in Qatar.

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