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John Barnes writes off England World Cup chances

WRITE-OFF: John Barnes does not believe in England's World Cup chances (PA)

EX-ENGLAND WINGER John Barnes has dismissed the national team’s hopes of getting its hands on the World Cup trophy in Brazil next year, claiming Wayne Rooney is the “only world-class player” the country possesses.

Speaking after seeing Roy Hodgson’s men beat Poland 2-0 last night (October 15) to book automatic qualification for the 2014 Finals, Barnes told talkSPORT: “Wayne is our only truly world-class player.

“Andros Townsend played well but we're not going to win the World Cup by just getting down the wings and putting crosses in.

“We have to develop different types of players rather than just wingers who can get down the line or attacking midfield players.”

In a separate interview with BBC Sport, the former Liverpool star shared FA chairman Greg Dyke's sentiment of saying England could not compete for the World Cup, and added there are too many other teams that will be in Brazil with better quality players than Hodgson's team.

Nonetheless, Barnes said the Three Lions can go and play in Brazil with confidence, despite being outsiders to win the tournament.

Yesterday night at Wembley, England put in an entertaining and pulsating performance to put Poland to the sword with goals from Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

The national side’s attacking display and adventurous play comes after experts criticised Hodgson’s playing style, particularly after the 0-0 draw with Ukraine that preceded the final two group qualifying matches against Montenegro and Poland.

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