Monday, January 30, 2023

Roberto Carlos mentions the two England players who would get into Brazil’s starting XI

Roberto Carlos mentions the two England players who would get into Brazil’s starting XI

Roberto Carlos believes that England’s World Cup squad members Harry Kane and Trent Alexander-Arnold would make the current Brazil team.

The Three Lions are among the favorites to win the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off on Sunday, although Brazil are the bookmaker’s favorites.

Everton Ribeiro, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Vinicius Junior, Antony, Richarlison, Raphinha, Rodrygo, Gabriel Martinelli, and Pedro are just a few of the incredible attacking talents in Brazil’s current squad.

Other Premier League stars such as Fabinho, Alisson, and Ederson could also shine at the tournament, but Carlos believes that Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold would make Tite’s World Cup starting lineup.

Carlos, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, told the Daily Telegraph: “Alexander-Arnold has to be there – because he’s among the best ones.

“Kane is a good player too.

“You have a good team, not just in terms of names but in terms of players who have trained well and are ready to play at a World Cup – or to play for the Brazilian national team.

“I’d say those two [Kane and Alexander-Arnold], but there are more.

“There’s a lot of quality in the England team. You have a lot of quality.”

Brazil’s last two World Cups have been particularly disappointing, with the Selecao losing 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals and being eliminated by Belgium in the 2018 quarter-finals.

But Carlos is once more optimistic about a successful tournament under Tite. The former Brazil left-back added: “The Brazil national team, both men’s and women’s, has always maintained a joyful atmosphere.

“They should understand that’s the only way to keep people happy, enjoying a great World Cup, having fun and bringing great joy to this country; Brazil, a football country.

“We haven’t won it for a long time, now it’s time to win the trophy. It’s a very special moment for football.”

When asked if the current Brazil side is as good as the team in the early 2000s, Carlos replied: “As soon as they win a World Cup, I’ll tell you.”

England have been placed in a group with Iran, the United States of America, and Wales, and former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has urged Gareth Southgate’s team not to underestimate their opponents.

“When you look at the group England are in, everyone is going, ‘Well, you should win that’, but it should make it more scarier really, because there is loads and loads of pressure on,” Parker told the PA news agency.

“People are saying, ‘England should be winning every game’, and it is just like when we played Cameroon (in the 1990 quarter-final). It turned out tougher than what it should have been – we just didn’t give them enough respect.

“You can look at it and say that we should beat Iran, but we also know America will be tough, on a couple of occasions they have taken something from us, then Wales is a derby game really where anything can happen.

“There are so many hurdles to get over and, when you look there are a lot of difficulties there, so it will be mind over matter in those games.

“You are going out and the country does expect, because the opposition (in the group stage) are not the ones who are going to be winning the World Cup, so England will need players who are good characters and not just wanting to be scraping over the line.”

Roberto Carlos mentions the two England players who would get into Brazil’s starting XI

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